\ 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 Sooki got a stool and a towel and went to sit on the back deck. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 Work is expected to begin this month on the West Dallas bridge to replace the 196 cables and anchors that connect the bridge’s deck to its two arches, said Tony Hartzel, a state Transportation Department spokesman. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "Dallas’ Margaret McDermott Bridge could be open to pedestrians, bikes by end of year," 4 Jan. 2021 The hospital is taking steps to accommodate more patients including constructing an addition to its emergency department in the adjacent parking deck. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "FRIDAY, JAN. 1: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas," 2 Jan. 2021 Safety measures included regular Covid tests and an entire deck devoted to isolation staterooms to contain any outbreak. Rebecca Smith, WSJ, "Cruise Ships Can’t Sail Away From Covid," 31 Dec. 2020 The generously sized backyard and deck can easily be customized by the new owner to accommodate pets, a play area, sports, or entertaining. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Hot property: Newly renovated Parkville home combines yesterday’s architecture with today’s amenities," 31 Dec. 2020 Patrons can lounge on a private balcony with a top-notch selection of room service bites or relax in a hot tub on the private deck of one of the resort’s stunning suites. Sunset Magazine, "Sparkling New Resort in Mexico Offers a Pristine (& Safe) Beachside Escape," 30 Dec. 2020 But, the Dodgers don’t usually give big contracts to relief pitchers and shuffle the bullpen deck often during the season. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Answering some off-season questions," 29 Dec. 2020 The deck that was built on top of the new brewing room has a view of the St. Mary’s River, which Bauer believes should be an attraction from late spring until late fall. Taylor Worsham, Detroit Free Press, "Soo Brewing Company consolidates with 1668 Winery," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Take a tour of Darius Rucker’s Nashville home (video)," 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, "Socially distanced Santa is the best thing to happen to Christmas," 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, "Get Ready for Halloween with These DIY Trunk-or-Treating Kits," 22 Sep. 2020 In the Vermeil Room, a space that appears permanently awash in the glow of candlelight thanks in part to its golden wall coverings, is a tree—one of 62 that now deck the White House halls—that honors the Kennedys. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Never-Before-Seen Photos Show a History of White House Holidays," 1 Dec. 2020 Melissa Joan Hart is back on the cable network to deck the halls with movie merriment and provide escapist joy in a joyless year that everyone wants to escape. Dan Snierson,, "Melissa Joan Hart on being a Lifetime Christmas queen — and how to force holiday cheer out of an actor," 27 Nov. 2020 Companies, particularly in tech, that dot the city and the region have hired Roberts’ firm in the past to deck out offices with cut and casted logos. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Building Bay Area landmarks, Thomas Swan Sign Co. became a vulnerable one itself," 26 Nov. 2020 Bari Gordon would deck the table with a cornucopia and paper turkey, cook up three kinds of stuffing and orchestrate a feast for 40 people spread over two shifts. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Families retool traditions for a 2020 Thanksgiving amid coronavirus pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 Set up time to deck your rig is from 3 to 3:45 p.m., with judging between 3:45 to 4 p.m., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 25 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2021

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“Deck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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