deck

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noun

adjective

Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.Compare through(def 22).

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    clear the decks,
    1. to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
    2. to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
    hit the deck, Slang.
    1. Nautical.to rise from bed.
    2. to fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
    on deck,
    1. Baseball.next at bat; waiting one's turn to bat.
    2. Informal.next in line; coming up; scheduled.
    3. Informal.prepared to act or work; ready.
    play with/have a full deck, Slang. to be sane, rational, or reasonably intelligent: Whoever dreamed up this scheme wasn't playing with a full deck.
    stack the deck. stack(def 24).

Origin of deck

1425–75; (noun) late Middle English dekke material for covering < Middle Dutch dec covering, roof; (v.) < Dutch dekken to cover; cognate with German decken; cf. thatch
Related formsun·decked, adjective

Synonyms for deck

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British Dictionary definitions for deck

deck

noun

nautical any of various platforms built into a vessela promenade deck; the poop deck
a similar floor or platform, as in a bus
  1. the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
  2. See tape deck
mainly US a pack of playing cards
Also called: pack computing obsolete a collection of punched cards relevant to a particular program
a raised wooden platform built in a garden to provide a seating area
clear the decks informal to prepare for action, as by removing obstacles from a field of activity or combat
hit the deck informal
  1. to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
  2. to prepare for action
  3. to get out of bed

verb (tr)

(often foll by out) to dress or decorate
to build a deck on (a vessel)
slang to knock (a person) to the floor or ground
See also deck over
Derived Formsdecker, noun

Word Origin for deck

C15: from Middle Dutch dec a covering; related to thatch
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Word Origin and History for deck
n.

"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.

v.1

"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.

v.2

"knock down," c.1953, probably from deck (n.) on the notion of laying someone out on the deck. Related: Decked; decking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with deck

deck

In addition to the idiom beginning with deck

  • deck out

also see:

  • clear the decks
  • hit the deck
  • on deck
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