- 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)
- decision theory,
- decision tree,
- deck beam,
- deck bolt,
- deck bridge,
- deck chair,
- deck crane
- 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
Examples from the Web for deck
“Deck the Halls” was written back in the 16th century, when the English language was very different.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.
The President came in and our squadron commander called, “Attention on deck!”
Unlike a normal ship, the bow slopes upward from the water up to the deck.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?|Dave Majumdar|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“On deck, sir,” replied the big boatswain, touching his cap to the principal.Up The Baltic|Oliver Optic
Captain Burgoyne was on deck when the catastrophe happened, remaining there as the night grew stormy.Grace Darling|Eva Hope
We stop the night at Henzada, and dine on deck, shut off from the night by a glass partition.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah|William G. Burn Murdoch
For example: side or stern ports there were none, deck ventilators being considered sufficient.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army|Charles Alexander Gordon
Rick and Scotty watched Jimmy Kelly check the diving equipment of the frogman teams lined up on the destroyer escort's deck.The Wailing Octopus|Harold Leland Goodwin
- 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
Word Origin for deck
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck