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

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. decision theory,
  2. decision tree,
  3. decision-making,
  4. decisive,
  5. decius,
  6. deck beam,
  7. deck bolt,
  8. deck bridge,
  9. deck chair,
  10. deck crane


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deck

British Dictionary definitions for deck



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
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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