\ 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 Part of the diet was a lighter flywheel, a smaller intake manifold, and the removal of the polypropylene spare-tire deck and some sound deadening. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Rewards VTEC Enthusiasts in a Major Way," 21 May 2020 Instead, diners sat at tables on patios, decks and parking lots. Scott Wartman, Shelby Dermer, Charlie Goldsmith,, "'I couldn't wait to come here.' Ohio restaurants reopen to least outside," 15 May 2020 The 6-foot social distancing rule will be enforced on both the pool deck and in the pool/Jacuzzi, the letter to members said. Shannon Donnelly, USA TODAY, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida will partially reopen on Saturday," 14 May 2020 Upgrade your backyard, deck, or patio with outdoor string lights. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "6 Items T+L Editors Bought to Turn Their Backyards Into a Vacation Getaway," 5 May 2020 Can people easily spread the virus while sitting together, but not closely, on a patio or deck? Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Elected Officials Must Keep Us Better Informed about the Coronavirus," 5 May 2020 Built on bedrock, the main house features a spacious deck and plenty of crawl space for storage. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Need to escape? These islands cost less than many L.A. homes," 28 Apr. 2020 The fire destroyed a composite wood deck and did not spread beyond the roof, Reith said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Downtown apartment fire displaces more than 100 residents," 21 Apr. 2020 Mabuse is introduced shuffling a deck of cards showing his various disguises. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "An Evil Doctor Who Casts a Spell on Subjects and Viewers Alike," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Notably, the east colonnade, which last year became the source of internet memes when Melania's crimson topiary tree decorations were revealed, is decked out in silver stars and lit glass panels decorated with snowy Christmas tree scenes. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Has Unveiled the 2019 White House Christmas Decorations," 2 Dec. 2019 Its highlight is an enormous parade of skiers and boarders decked out in Pride flags and costumes, slaloming down the mountain, and then marching through Whistler Village. Miles Griffis, Outside Online, "The 2020 LGBTQ+ Ski Guide," 27 Nov. 2019 But nothing brings us more joy then decking the halls and our hair with an assortment of festive embellishments, from sparkly hair clips to ribbons, and bows a la Tessa Thompson. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Tessa Thompson's Ribbon Ponytail Is The Holiday Hair Inspiration You Need," 24 Oct. 2019 Astros fans were decked out in their team colors and were all smiles when the game was finally over. John-henry Perera, Houston Chronicle, "Music, dance, beer and baseball highlight Houston's last October weekend," 21 Oct. 2019 Riot police presence has increased throughout the city in recent days; officers are decked out in shields, helmets, and sometimes, face coverings., "HONG KONG — Covering their faces with black surgical masks, Guy Fawkes disguises, dish towels, and even paper bags, tens of thousands in Hong Kong marched in the territory’s two main districts Sunday in defiance of a government ban on face masks, despite fears of violence and pouring rain.," 7 Oct. 2019 Lifetime will deck its halls with boughs and boughs — and even more boughs — of new Christmas TV movies. Dan Snierson,, "Lifetime orders record 28 Christmas movies for 2019," 15 July 2019 And that included chef Rey Morales’ habanero mac and cheese ― rigatoni pasta decked with bacon crumbles, green onions and toasted panko breadcrumbs. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Craving mac and cheese? Try our 7 favorites at these Dallas-area restaurants," 15 May 2020 Your halls are fully decked and full of holiday guests. Fireside hot cocoa in the hands of young children. Washington Post, "What you need to know before you hire a carpet cleaner," 17 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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25 May 2020

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“Deck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce deck (audio)

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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