deck

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English[edit]

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A ship with deck numbered 8.

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch deck (roof, covering).

Noun[edit]

deck (plural decks)

  1. Any flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop.
  2. (nautical) The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks.
    to swab the deck
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, []. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  3. A pack or set of playing cards.
  4. A set of slides for a presentation.
    • 2011, David Kroenke, Donald Nilson, Office 365 in Business
      Navigate to the location where your PowerPoint deck is stored and select it.
  5. (obsolete) A heap or store.
    • Philip Massinger (1583-1640)
      Who [] hath such trinkets / Ready in the deck.
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deck (third-person singular simple present decks, present participle decking, simple past and past participle decked)

  1. (uncommon) To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  2. (slang) In a fight or brawl, to knock someone to the floor, especially with a single punch.
    Wow, did you see her deck that guy who pinched her?
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch dekken (to cover).

Verb[edit]

deck (third-person singular simple present decks, present participle decking, simple past and past participle decked)

  1. (transitive, sometimes with out) To dress (someone) up, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 39
      They call beautiful a dress, a dog, a sermon; and when they are face to face with Beauty cannot recognise it. The false emphasis with which they try to deck their worthless thoughts blunts their susceptibilities.
    • Bible, Job xl. 10
      Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.
    • Shakespeare
      Deck my body in gay ornaments.
  2. (transitive, with out) To decorate (something).
    • Dryden
      The dew with spangles decked the ground.
  3. To cover; to overspread.
    • Milton
      to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky
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deck

  1. Imperative singular of decken.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of decken.

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English deck

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deck m (invariable)

  1. tape deck