- 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 decked
Old pictures of the couple show Horace decked out in a three-piece suit and diamond rings and Margaret swaddled in furs.
The last one jumped on me, trying to get me in a headlock, but I wriggled out of it and decked him too.Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy: How Gangsters and Kurt Cobain Made It London’s Top Music Venue|Tom Sykes|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first checkpoint was decked out in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag and just inside the city limits.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines|Ted Phillips|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A few hours later, the same vans picked up the guests, decked out in wedding attire, to take them to the fortress castle.Eavesdropping On Kim and Kanye’s Florentine “Wedding of the Century”|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is he a bearded Mongolian warrior on horseback, decked out in lustrous jade and gold armor?‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken|Marlow Stern|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Decked in feast-day raiment the damsel sleeps in the rest of death, after all her sufferings.Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)|Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
The valley of the Connecticut was decked with harvest products as for an autumnal pageant.Steve and the Steam Engine|Sara Ware Bassett
Figures on their paintings are decked with crowns and garlands of anemone, acacia, convolvulus, and some others.
And he saw Rama with Lakshmana, living on the mountains of Chitrakuta with bow in hand and decked with the ornaments of ascetics.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2|Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
This was the figure of a bird, decked with party-coloured feathers, so as to resemble a popinjay or parrot.Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
- 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
"knock down," c.1953, probably from deck (n.) on the notion of laying someone out on the deck. Related: Decked; decking.
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deck
- deck out
- clear the decks
- hit the deck
- on deck