\ 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 For ages, car dealers have stacked the deck against buyers. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, "Car Buying is Changing and All It Took Was a Pandemic: The Enlightenment," 19 Sep. 2020 So the guard deck is stacked against Booker, but winning can change all that for him in earning All-NBA honors, though. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Winning ultimately will lead to Devin Booker earning All-NBA honors," 16 Sep. 2020 Beyond offering the spaces for people to explore their visions, the hotel is also on the hunt for artists to come and create pieces specifically for its common areas, along with the right artist to create a mural around the outdoor pool deck. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Reno Hotel Is Turning Rooms Into Art Studios and Looking for Artists to Graffiti the Lobby," 15 Sep. 2020 Repairs and overlaying the bridge deck will be done during the project, as well as overlaying the adjacent roadway approaching the bridge, according to the DOT. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Highway 83 bridge over the Bark River will close for several weeks," 15 Sep. 2020 Even so, scientists have considered the possibility that life might exist in the Venusian cloud deck for nearly 60 years, perhaps thriving where conditions are a bit friendlier. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Possible sign of life on Venus stirs up heated debate," 14 Sep. 2020 About 30 miles above Venus’ surface in the upper cloud deck, the pressure and heat are less intense, per NPR. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Clouds on Venus, New Potential for Microbial Life," 14 Sep. 2020 Above its hot surface, which is 900 degrees Fahrenheit, the upper cloud deck that's 33 to 39 miles above the planet's surface is much more temperate. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A gas found on Earth has been detected in the clouds on Venus," 14 Sep. 2020 The hotel’s roof deck, however, offers an even more expansive view, along with a firepit. Kathleen Squires, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Under-the-Radar Tour of the Willamette Valley," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For others, the holiday offers up a chance to finally unleash their spooky sides and embrace the macabre and deck their pads out with everything from terror-inducing animatronics to fake cobwebs and so much more. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "20 spooktacular Halloween decorations you can get on sale," 29 Aug. 2020 The stock market is like a kindly but alcoholic uncle, sweet and beckoning and then ready to deck you at Christmas dinner. David Netto, Town & Country, "Bucket List and Wise Investment? A Vintage Land Rover," 5 Aug. 2020 She was decked out in head-to-toe Chanel, from a black crop top to her knit sweatpants. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Kylie Jenner Uses a Chanel Racket to Play Tennis," 5 May 2020 He was decked out in traditional German garb, including lederhosen, and finally came down after a two-month stay Aug. 16. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Baseball returns to Milwaukee after four-year absence," 27 Apr. 2020 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

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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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22 Sep 2020

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“Deck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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