Definition of DOCK in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DOCK

v. To curtail or diminish, as to dock an entail.

n. The cage or in closed space in a criminal court where prisoners stand when brought in for trial.

The space, in a river or harbor, in closed between two wharves. City of Boston v. Lecraw, 17 How. 434, 15 L.Ed. 118.

A slip or waterway extending between two piers or projecting wharfs for the reception of ships, sometimes including the piers themselves. Wescott v. American Creosoting Co., 97 A. 493, 494, 86 N.J.Eq. 104.

"A dock is an artificial basin in connection with a harbor, used for the reception of vessels in the taking on or discharging of their cargoes, and provided with gates for preventing the rise and fall of the waters occasioned by the tides, and keeping a uniform level within the docks." Perry v. Haines, 24 S.Ct. 8, 191 U.S. 17, 48 L.Ed. 73.

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