deck

1 of 2

noun

plural decks
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
3
a
: a pack of playing cards
b
: a packet of narcotics
4
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

deck

2 of 2

verb

decked; decking; decks

transitive verb

1
obsolete : cover
2
a
: 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
Phrases
on deck
1
: ready for duty
2
: next in line : next in turn
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Two of the guest bedrooms have built-in closet drawers and shelving and their own private decks. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 The rest of the cascading aft decks are dotted with lounges and alfresco dining areas, while the lengthy foredeck is home to a touch-and-go helipad that can facilitate comings and goings on the high seas. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 Finding the carrier requires us to deal with unpredictable, dynamically interacting forces, like crosswinds, currents, and the movement of the carrier deck in uncertain seas, all of which make landing a fast-moving jet… well… complex. Roger Whitney, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The exterior was recently painted blue, the deck was painted red, and a foundation issue was fixed before the sale of the home. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 Mornings are spent on the deck, coffee mug in hand, and afternoons are spent exploring the on-property trail system. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 The pool deck buzzed with excitement as swimmers donned their school colors, creating a vibrant mosaic of unity. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 The company already has one feature project on deck, a film adaptation of the beloved PlayStation hit horror game Until Dawn, with the project reuniting Dauberman with Annabelle: Creation helmer David F. Sandberg, who is set to direct. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 The industry’s wake-up call on EV adoption has automakers shuffling the deck on power-train and battery tech—in some cases, more hybrids, fewer EVs—as well as factory plans and future vehicles. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
In his performance, Burna Boy brought out energetic dancers and a backing band decked all out in green, a seeming nod to the Nigerian flag. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 The piece was designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, who is known for decking celebrities in jewels with everyone from Pharrell to Beyoncé as clients. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2024 Angela Bassett received her first Oscar at the 14th annual Governor’s Awards decked in a beautiful dress fit for a queen. Okla Jones, Essence, 13 Jan. 2024 Last week for Jingle Jets at the Midway Museum The USS Midway Museum is decked with hundreds of thousands of lights as part of its new Jingle Jets holiday light show and festivities from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on select nights through Dec. 23. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2023 From string lights to miniature ceramic figurines, this is an easy way to save on decking the halls. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 The reality star, 59, has been known for going all out when decking the halls of her Berkshires home, Blue Stone Manor, as seen during her time on The Real Housewives of New York City. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 17 Dec. 2023 Seeing your child shove or even deck another kid can be truly heart-wrenching. Jennifer Benjamin, Parents, 6 Dec. 2023 Per the family annual tradition, the crew decked the halls in matching pajamas. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen

First Known Use

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deck was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Deck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deck. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

deck

1 of 2 noun
1
: a platform extending from side to side in a ship and forming a floor
2
a
: a flat structure resembling the deck of a ship
b
: a flat floored roofless area adjoining a house
3
: a pack of playing cards

deck

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to clothe in a fine and impressive way : array
decked out in a new suit
2
: to provide (as a ship) with a deck

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