noun \ˈdek\

: a flat surface that forms the main outside floor of a boat or ship

: one of the levels on a bus, ship, etc.

: one of the seating levels in a sports stadium

Full Definition of DECK

:  a platform in a ship serving usually as a structural element and forming the floor for its compartments
:  something resembling the deck of a ship: as
a :  a story or tier of a building (as a sports stadium) <the upper deck>
b :  the roadway of a bridge
c :  a flat floored roofless area adjoining a house
d :  the lid of the compartment at the rear of the body of an automobile; also :  the compartment
e :  a layer of clouds
a :  a pack of playing cards
b :  a packet of narcotics
:  tape deck
on deck
:  ready for duty
:  next in line :  next in turn

Examples of DECK

  1. We stood on the deck and watched dolphins swim near the ship.
  2. A number of passengers had come on deck.
  3. a seat on the streetcar's top deck
  4. a cabin on B deck
  5. We sat in the lower deck.
  6. We ate out on the deck.

Origin of DECK

Middle English dekke covering of a ship, from Middle Dutch *dec covering, probably from Middle Low German vordeck, from vordecken to cover, from vor- for- + decken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover — more at thatch
First Known Use: 1509

Related to DECK

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot



: to decorate (something)

: to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard

Full Definition of DECK

transitive verb
obsolete :  cover
a :  to clothe in a striking or elegant manner :  array <decked out in furs>
b :  decorate <deck the halls with boughs of holly — English carol>
c :  to portray or present with embellishments
[1deck] :  to furnish with or as if with a deck
[1deck] :  to knock down forcibly :  floor <decked him with one punch>

Examples of DECK

  1. We spent hours decking the chapel with flowers before the wedding.
  2. He decked him with one punch.

Origin of DECK

Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen
First Known Use: 1513
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