Ah, to duty they had bid farewell, the lady remarked softly, as she busied herself in decking Magda's hat with flowers.
The ladder served for the decking of the may-pole and roof of the hall.
Women have elaborate head ornaments, decking their hair with artificial flowers, butterflies made of jade, gold pins and pearls.
The small trestles prepared by the engineers, ready for the decking.
In Russia the custom of decking the houses with branches at Whitsuntide is universal.
Feigele, like all young girls, is fond of dressing and decking herself out.
This consisted of loose pieces of decking, which could easily be raised and removed for flushing and cleaning.
It is like decking the victim for the sacrifice, to see all these roses and green leaves.
None of the populace seemed to be too poor to purchase freely of the flowers, all decking their persons with them.
We moved on hands and knees in the semi-darkness of the day under the decking.
"covering over part of a ship," mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Middle Low German verdeck (or a related North Sea Germanic word), a nautical word, from ver- "fore" + decken "to cover, put under roof," from Proto-Germanic *thackjam (related to thatch, q.v.).
Sense extended early in English from "covering" to "platform of a ship." "Pack of cards" is 1590s, perhaps because they were stacked like decks of a ship. Deck chair (1884) so called because they were used on ocean liners. Tape deck (1949) is in reference to the flat surface of old reel-to-reel tape recorders.
"adorn" (as in deck the halls), early 15c., from Middle Dutch dekken "to cover," from the same Germanic root as deck (n.). Meaning "to cover" is from 1510s in English. Replaced Old English þeccan. Related: Decked; decking.
"knock down," c.1953, probably from deck (n.) on the notion of laying someone out on the deck. Related: Decked; decking.
To knock someone down, esp with the fist; floor: Remember that guy I decked in the restaurant? (1940s+)