loading dock

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A raised area located at the rear of some businesses and institutional buildings such as stores, factories, schools, or hospitals. Loading docks give service trucks direct access to storage rooms so that they can load or unload products and supplies. Because the dock is roughly at the level of the truck bed itself, it is relatively easy to move items.

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