Definition of desk
1a : a table, frame, or case with a sloping or horizontal surface especially for writing and reading and often with drawers, compartments, and pigeonholesb : a reading table or lectern from which a liturgical service is readc : a table, counter, stand, or booth at which a person works
2a : a division of an organization specializing in a particular phase of activity the Russian desk in the Department of Stateb : a seating position according to rank in an orchestra a first-desk violinist
Examples of desk in a Sentence
an information desk at an airport
We will ask for directions to the restaurant at the front desk.
We went to the reception desk to check into our room.
Recent Examples of desk from the Web
A Hammond evidence technician found that the bullet came through the roof, through insulation and a ceiling tile and struck a calculator sitting on the desk before falling to the floor, according to Kellogg.
His desk is an old door stretched across file cabinets.
As far as logistics of moving people throughout Naperville's downtown goes, Hamik serves as the dispatcher receiving calls, texts and online reservations while sitting at a desk in his home.
But rising above all the sexy clutter on my desk is a perfume that’s downright chaste.
The second phase will have 14 more offices and several private desks, and Lee hopes to open it about six months after getting the first phase open.
For these reasons and others, employees at the New York Times are outraged over a recent decision to eliminate the newspaper's stand-alone copy desk, a team that includes more than 100 copy editors.
Now, the issue will go to the upper house of Parliament and then to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's desk for a signature.
KIEV, Ukraine — The day started like most for Roman N. Klimenko, an accountant in Kiev who had just settled in at his desk, typing at a computer keyboard and drinking coffee.
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DESK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desk for English Language Learners
: a piece of furniture that is like a table and often has drawers
: a place where people can get information or be served at an office, a hotel, etc.
: the part of a company or organization that deals with a particular subject
DESK Defined for Kids
Definition of desk for Students
1 : a piece of furniture with a flat or sloping surface for use in writing or reading
2 : a counter at which a person works especially to help customers
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