- a floorlike surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a hull, superstructure, or deckhouse, generally cambered, and often serving as a member for strengthening the structure of a vessel.
- the space between such a surface and the next such surface above: Our stateroom was on B deck.
verb (used with object)
Words nearby deck
Idioms for deck
- to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
- to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
- Nautical. to rise from bed.
- to fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
- Baseball. next at bat; waiting one's turn to bat.
- Informal. next in line; coming up; scheduled.
- Informal. prepared to act or work; ready.
Origin of deck
OTHER WORDS FROM deckun·decked, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for clear the decks
- the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
- See tape deck
- to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
- to prepare for action
- to get out of bed
Derived forms of deckdecker, noun
Word Origin for deck
Idioms and Phrases with clear the decks (1 of 2)
Prepare for action, as in I've finished all these memos and cleared the decks for your project, or Clear the decks—here comes the coach. This expression originated in naval warfare, when it described preparing for battle by removing or fastening down all loose objects on the ship's decks. [Second half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with clear the decks (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck