dock

dock

[dok]
dock, in botany: see buckwheat.

Any coarse weedy plant of the genus Rumex, in the buckwheat family, that has a long taproot and is sometimes used as a potherb. Most docks are native to Europe but naturalized throughout North America. Examples include curly dock (R. crispus) and bitter dock (R. obtusifolius). The early basal leaves of patience-dock (R. patientia) are sometimes used in salads. The common weed R. acetosa is known variously as dock, common sorrel, or garden sorrel. Seealso sorrel.

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Dock may refer to:

In transportation

  • Dock (maritime), an area of water for building or repairing or loading and unloading ships or ferries. See also:
    • Dry dock, a narrow basin that can be flooded and drained to allow a load to come to rest on a dry platform
    • Ferry slip, a specialized docking facility that receives a ferryboat
    • Harbor
    • Jetty
    • Marina
    • Pier, a raised walkway over water, supported by widely spread piles or pillars
    • Pontoon, a buoyant device, used to support docks or floating bridges
    • Quay
    • Ski dock
    • Wharf, a fixed platform, commonly on pilings, where ships are loaded and unloaded
  • Loading dock or Cargo bay, an unloading area for trucks to deliver cargo
  • Space rendezvous, if it includes docking
  • Stevedore, a worker who loads and unloads ships, also known as a docker or longshoreman

In natural sciences

In molecular biology

In computing

Other

See also

  • Dox, a supposed hybrid between a dog and a fox
  • DOC (disambiguation)
  • Docklands, the area in London

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