\ 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 [ 1deck ] : to furnish with or as if with a deck
4 [ 1deck ] : 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


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.


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

Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie For Paltrow, no brunch begins without a smoothie on deck. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s Guide to a Healthy Sunday Brunch," 1 Feb. 2019 With a package of contentious funding bills still on deck, and a slew of other key items to wrap up, the clock is ticking for lawmakers in the House and the Senate to make sure that doesn’t happen. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress seemed determined to tackle its sexual harassment problem. But, the bill is still stalled.," 6 Dec. 2018 No release date has been announced, but work begins with some pretty nimble hands on the deck. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Adult Swim, Crunchyroll announce first-ever co-production: A Blade Runner anime," 29 Nov. 2018 With the global launch looming, for instance, the group will need all hands on deck. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 Instead, the math is starting to get a bit fuzzy in the wake of the team bringing back Wayne Ellington on a one-year free-agent contract, with Dwyane Wade now potentially waiting on deck. Ira Winderman,, "With Ellington back, how do Heat manage glut at shooting guard?," 13 July 2018 Gary Higginbotham said authorities arrived and saw Treece sitting on a deck, according to a video interview provided by the St. Louis Post-Dispach. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "After killing his wife, he stood over her body for hours on his deck, Missouri cops say," 13 July 2018 Even before the draft’s pomp and circumstance unfurled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lyles’ name was already on deck — in Utah. Katherine Fominykh,, "In 'uphill battle' to secure NBA roster spot, UMBC hero Jairus Lyles is still an underdog," 12 July 2018 One guy laid down on the deck and just started sobbing. Tiffini Theisen,, "Off-duty sheriff's captain rescues 3 Cuban migrants 40 miles off Florida shore," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kim re-popularized the throwback logo bikini, and Kourtney and Kylie have decked themselves out in head-to-toe monogrammed Fendi. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This is Where The Kardashian-Jenner Clan Has Been Getting All of Its Vintage Gucci and Dior," 13 Nov. 2018 Mei decked her out in holiday colors like gold, white, and red to match the toy soldier uniforms, and painted the initials FAO on Gigi's nails. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Debuted a FAO Schwarz-Themed Manicure on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"," 24 Oct. 2018 Her dark hair became vivid red-orange, and Mr. Gaultier decked her out in elaborate gowns and costumes. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Yvette Horner, France’s Star Accordionist, Is Dead at 95," 15 June 2018 For cultural adventurers, Hollerbach’s Outfitters next door will deck you out in traditional Trachten, or garments. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Seminole County: Tradition plus Gemütlichkeit equal Hollerbach’s success," 6 May 2018 In addition to the two outfit request on the day, guests were also asked to deck themselves out in traditional Austrian attire for the dirndl and lederhosen rehearsal dinner the night before. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Pippa Middleton's Guests Have to Bring Two Outfits to Her Wedding," 19 May 2017 He would’ve seen the bare limbs of a pecan orchard and a graveyard decked in plastic flowers. Zachary Mider,, "Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop," 28 Mar. 2018 She wasn't decked out in couture, either; instead Duff's pic featured her in a shower cap, coat, and white button-down top on her couch—along with a breast pump. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Hilary Duff Recreated Rachel McAdams' Breast-Pumping Pic, and It's So Good," 5 Jan. 2019 Just like in the audition scene from the movie, the stage is decked out with spotlights, a paper moon, and Kelsi in a top hat on the piano. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Vanessa Hudgens Recreates "High School Musical" in Phantoms's New "Lay With Me" Music Video," 4 Oct. 2018

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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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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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