from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of graving-dock furnished with large screws to assist in raising and lowering vessels.


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  • I went and reported myself to him, as ready for work in the Normandy again, he observed that her gang was full, but that, by going up-town next morning, to the screw-dock, I should find an excellent job on board a brig.

    Ned Myers or, a Life Before the Mast James Fenimore Cooper 1820


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