Origin of decking
- 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)
Origin of deck
Examples from the Web for decking
For I know, some benevolent people are very fond of decking out their charitable actions in that way.Crime and Punishment|Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is in great demand by builders of freight cars, but less for frames and heavy beams than for siding and decking.American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
At one time the Pui society was nearly ruined, owing to the expense incurred for decking the hall.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
She was no longer the queen of an air-castle, decking herself in all the rainbow hues which pleased her eye.Bits About Home Matters|Helen Hunt Jackson
Almost simultaneously the Hun pilot of the Fokker collapsed across the decking of the fuselage.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.|Percy F. Westerman
- 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