\ 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
4 : tape deck
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 Amplify music through an all-weather sound bar ($179.99) on the deck rather than inside the house. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 In fact, data show that the deck is stacked against not only female founders but also female fund managers. Sorenson Impact, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Hines lives in his forever south Minneapolis apartment in the Elliot Park neighborhood and drives the same old Chrysler Sebring with a Holy Bible on the rear deck. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Epic has four guest staterooms on the lower deck, and a large beach area at the transom. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 11 June 2021 The proposal sounds like a card trick where a magician asks an audience member to think of a card and then pulls it from the deck. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2021 Eat on the deck overlooking the beach, and wash it down with Del’s Lemonade., 9 June 2021 At one match, another coach accused Hojreh of teaching that tactic to his players and a fight nearly erupted on the pool deck with angry parents yelling and threatening each other. NBC News, 8 June 2021 At one match, another coach accused Hojreh of teaching that tactic to his players and a fight nearly erupted on the pool deck with angry parents yelling and threatening each other. Brian Melley, ajc, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Falls plans to deck out the lobby with floral creations, making for a perfect Insta-worthy backdrop to the weekend. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2021 In fairness to Pace and Rosales, the city didn’t ask them to show how the Shoreway could be modified or how to deck over the railroad lines. Steven Litt, cleveland, 16 May 2021 Stuff your children's candy and trinkets in violet plastic Easter eggs, then deck out their Easter baskets with a personalized purple liner. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, 24 Feb. 2021 The Hilton Cleveland Downtown is among those that decided to fully deck the halls for the holidays. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 18 Dec. 2020 Crafters behind the movement look for new ways to use old materials such as plastic bags or seek biodegradable materials to deck their halls. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2020 Darius teamed up with Balsam Hill to deck the halls for Christmas, creating the perfect setting for a memorable first holiday in his new digs. Check out the complete home tour and see prior celebrity tours below. Mike Rose, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2020 For those people for whom Santa visits and photos are part of the magic of the season, this new way of allowing children the gift of 6 feet of distance is a beautiful way to stay safe and still deck the halls with boughs of jolly. Allison Hope, CNN, 15 Dec. 2020 If your kids have spent quarantine singing along with Anna and Elsa, deck out your ride with this festive Frozen-theme decorating kit. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Deck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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