\ ˈdek How to pronounce deck (audio) \
plural decks

Definition of deck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a platform in a ship serving usually as a structural element and forming the floor for its compartments
2 : something resembling the deck of a ship: such as
a : a story or tier of a building (such 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
3a : a pack of playing cards
b : a packet of narcotics
5 : a collection of visual or photographic slides presented usually one after another as a slideshow Pompliano was on the job for a mere three weeks in 2015, but in that time he prepared a PowerPoint deck laying out what he believed were the key inaccuracies in the company's numbers.— Gene Maddaus Accompanying a talk with images is standard professional practice, but a poorly organized or dense slide deck can spoil a presentation.— Jeff Link
on deck
1 : ready for duty
2 : next in line : next in turn


decked; decking; decks

Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : cover
2a : to clothe in a striking or elegant manner : array decked out in furs
b : decorate deck the halls with boughs of hollyEnglish carol
c : to portray or present with embellishments
3 [deck entry 1] : to furnish with or as if with a deck
4 [deck entry 1] : to knock down forcibly : floor decked him with one punch

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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

Examples of deck in a Sentence

Noun We stood on the deck and watched dolphins swim near the ship. A number of passengers had come on deck. a seat on the streetcar's top deck a cabin on B deck We sat in the lower deck. We ate out on the deck. Verb We spent hours decking the chapel with flowers before the wedding. He decked him with one punch.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Labor shortage means all hands on deck Arizona has one of the biggest construction worker shortages in the country. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Be 'part of history': Help the Phoenix Suns renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena," 16 Dec. 2019 Popular characters such as the Mandalorian, Kylo Ren and Rey will also be on deck at the event. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "'Star Wars' Baby Yoda, the Mandalorian characters on deck at the Children's Museum of Houston," 13 Dec. 2019 This needs a much more serious approach and all hands on deck. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "She reported college football players for gang rape. Now she's on a mission.," 12 Dec. 2019 But above the surface, strong winds were noted just above the cloud deck, creating wind shear — the change in wind speed (and/or direction) with a change in altitude. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Here’s what caused those rare wave clouds over Denver on Sunday night," 17 Nov. 2019 Barely visible to the naked eye, about a thousand feet above the observation deck, a group of nine broad-winged hawks circled around each other in a vertical column known as a kettle., "“They’re power fliers. They head out over open water and island hop to Nantucket, Long Island, and so on. They’re not intimidated by water like buteos are.”," 10 Oct. 2019 Crew members above deck were able to jump overboard to safety. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "California boat fire: Truth Aquatics suspends all operations amid investigation," 1 Oct. 2019 If that weren’t enough, there’s a photovoltaic panel above the outdoor deck. oregonlive, "Lunar lander tiny house builder is having a blast on the Columbia River," 24 Sep. 2019 But there was no system that would have triggered an alarm above deck in the wheelhouse. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "Probing California dive boat Conception’s demise: what we know and what we don’t," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Georgia fans decked out Sanford Stadium in pink in Wendy's memory, a gesture that nearly brought her husband to tears. Arkansas Online, "TOP 10 ARKANSAS SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: UA’s firing of high-profile coaches dominated news cycle," 26 Dec. 2019 The photo shows Delevingne all decked out in Puma gear (but, of course) posing on some matching neon industrial pipes. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Cara Delevingne Wears Blunt Blonde Bob in New Puma Campaign," 16 June 2018 On the other end, the president was ensconced in the White House, windows decked with red-ribboned wreaths. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "‘THIS IS AN ASSAULT’: History collides with Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 Tom Cornelius, a 43-year-old engineer from Cincinnati who attended the premiere decked out in First Order Snowtrooper regalia, gave voice to a common refrain among die-hard fans. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' faces a tall order: Satisfying legions of fans," 19 Dec. 2019 How does decking nearly 50 Christmas trees full of those Yuletide treasures sound? René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio Christmas Hallmark Keepsake ornament collector has than 40 Christmas trees and thousands of ornaments," 11 Dec. 2019 The Lady M food truck, decked-out with Baccarat chandeliers, rolled into town in November for a three-day stop at River Oaks District. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "New York City's Lady M is bringing its renowned mille crepes back to Houston," 10 Dec. 2019 So, deck the halls with boughs of books this holiday season. John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday gift guide 2019: The best books that will inspire and delight readers," 7 Dec. 2019 Picture it: Under twinkling blue lights, employees decked out in red and greed work hard to make Christmas creations for those eagerly awaiting the holidays. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "If you love the holidays, this is the downtown Phoenix bar you have to visit this winter," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deck


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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


Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen

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6 Jan 2020

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“Deck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate (something)
informal : to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard


\ ˈdek How to pronounce deck (audio) \

Kids Definition of deck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a floor that goes from one side of a ship to the other
2 : something like the deck of a ship the deck of a house
3 : a pack of playing cards


decked; decking

Kids Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dress or decorate especially in a fancy way The house is decked out for the holidays.

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