A structure providing support for a vessel and means for removing the water so that the bottom of the vessel can be exposed.
Note: 1 When the structure is floating it is usually called in English a floating dock and in German a Schwimmdock.
Note: 2 In French when the structure is fixed it is called a forme de radoub; when the structure is floating it is called a dock flottant.
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM