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noun \ˈdek\

Simple Definition of deck

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a platform in a ship serving usually as a structural element and forming the floor for its compartments

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 a :  a pack of playing cards b :  a packet of narcotics

  4. 4 :  tape deck

on deck
  1. 1 :  ready for duty

  2. 2 :  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

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Simple Definition of deck

  • : to decorate (something)

  • : to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard

Full Definition of deck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  cover

  3. 2 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

  4. 3 [1deck] :  to furnish with or as if with a deck

  5. 4 [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

Synonym Discussion of deck

adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself <a diamond necklace adorned her neck>. decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design <decorate a birthday cake>. ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original <a white house ornamented with green shutters>, embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament <embellish a page with floral borders>. beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness <will beautify the grounds with flower beds>. deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness <a house all decked out for Christmas>. garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food <an entrée garnished with parsley>.

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