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.
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.
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.
Idioms about deck
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.
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. 25).
- un·decked, adjective
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How to use deck in a sentence
Don’t wait until your idea or pitch deck is perfect, she says, before meeting with a small handful of people.‘Don’t wait to be perfect:’ 4 top startup tips from a unicorn’s founder and investor | Beth Kowitt | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
War is a two-player game in which a standard deck of cards is first shuffled and then divided into two piles with 26 cards each — one pile for each player.
The wide deck and front suspension provide a bounce-free ride while the heat-treated brake means you’ll always be in control.
This time around, we considered a number of experimental experiences, including interfaces where readers could shuffle the House, Senate and presidential forecasts like a deck of cards, or ones where users could sort of choose their own adventure.
Last week, the decks were cleared for the world’s largest social messenger app to start providing payment services in India.WhatsApp is a step closer to disrupting India’s fintech space | Prathamesh Mulye | August 11, 2020 | Quartz
“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 | THE 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.
Anyone willing to threaten war over a joke is clearly not playing with a full deck.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror | David Keyes | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For starters, from a purely practical, all-hands-on-deck position, I say if you can do the job, you should keep the job.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
A few moments afterward he was seen dragging his own trunk ashore, while Mr. Hitchcock finished his story on the boiler deck.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Fancy that enormous shell dropping suddenly out of the blue on to a ship's deck swarming with troops!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Maybe it didn't feel good to be on the hurricane deck of a good horse once more!Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I'd much rather see what is going on than be cooped up below, and after lunch I told Bob I was going up on deck.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for deck
nautical any of various platforms built into a vessel: a 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
- See also deck over
- decker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with deck
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck
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