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deck

noun \ ˈdek \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of deck

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
3 a :a pack of playing cards
b :a packet of narcotics
on deck
1 :ready for duty
2 :next in line :next in turn

Examples of deck in a Sentence

  1. We stood on the deck and watched dolphins swim near the ship.

  2. A number of passengers had come on deck.

  3. a seat on the streetcar's top deck

  4. a cabin on B deck

  5. We sat in the lower deck.

  6. We ate out on the deck.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

deck Synonyms

Synonyms
balcony, sundeck, terrace
Related Words
gallery; lanai, porch, stoop, veranda (or verandah)

Other Building Terms


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deck

verb

Definition of deck

transitive verb
1 obsolete :cover
2 a :to clothe in a striking or elegant manner :array
  • decked out in furs
b :decorate
  • deck the halls with boughs of holly
  • English carol
c :to portray or present with embellishments
3 :to furnish with or as if with a deck
4 :to knock down forcibly :floor
  • decked him with one punch

Examples of deck in a Sentence

  1. We spent hours decking the chapel with flowers before the wedding.

  2. He decked him with one punch.

Recent Examples of deck from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of deck

Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen

Synonym Discussion of deck

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


DECK Defined for English Language Learners

deck

noun

Definition of deck for English Language Learners

  • : 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


deck

verb

Definition of deck for English Language Learners

  • : to decorate (something)

  • : to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard


DECK Defined for Kids

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deck

noun \ ˈdek \

Definition of deck for Students

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

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deck

verb

Definition of deck for Students

decked; decking
:to dress or decorate especially in a fancy way
  • The house is decked out for the holidays.


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