- 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.
- any open platform suggesting an exposed deck of a ship.
- an open, unroofed porch or platform extending from a house or other building.Compare sun deck.
- any level, tier, or vertical section, as of a structure or machine.
- flight deck(def 2).
- a flat or nearly flat watertight surface, as at the top of a French roof.
- a floor or roof surface composed of decking units.
- Meteorology. cloud deck. See cloud layer.
- Slang. a small packet of a narcotic, especially heroin.
- a pack of playing cards.
- Printing. bank3(def 8).
- Also called rear deck. the cover of a space behind the backseat of an automobile or the space itself.
- Library Science. a level of book shelving and associated facilities in the stacks of a library, as one of a series of floors or tiers.
- cutter deck.
- a cassette deck or tape deck.
- Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.Compare through(def 22).
- to clothe or attire (people) or array (rooms, houses, etc.) in something ornamental or decorative (often followed by out): We were all decked out in our Sunday best. The church was decked with holly for the holiday season.
- to furnish with a deck.
- Informal. to knock down; floor: The champion decked the challenger in the first round.
- clear the decks,
- to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
- to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
- hit the deck, Slang.
- Nautical.to rise from bed.
- to fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
- on deck,
- Baseball.next at bat; waiting one's turn to bat.
- Informal.next in line; coming up; scheduled.
- 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
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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)
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Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
The President came in and our squadron commander called, “Attention on deck!”I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
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?
October 22, 2014
Coming on deck, he saw a figure which seemed familiar to him.
He was already a mile distant from the vessel when Captain Haley came on deck.
Such of the sailors as happened to be on deck shared his feelings.
The island is well enough, but there's nothing like the deck of a good ship.
As there were no bones broken, I blessed the accident and went on deck.Sketches from Memory (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- nautical any of various platforms built into a vessela promenade deck; the poop deck
- a similar floor or platform, as in a bus
- the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
- 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
- to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
- to prepare for action
- to get out of bed
- (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
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with deck
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck