desk

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English[edit]

A typewriter on a desk

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English deske, desque, from Medieval Latin desca, modified from Old Italian desco, from Latin discus. Doublet of dish and disk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /dɛsk/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

desk (plural desks)

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  1. A table, frame, or case, in past centuries usually with a sloping top but now usually with a flat top, for the use of writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  2. A reading table or lectern to support the book from which the liturgical service is read, differing from the pulpit from which the sermon is preached; also (especially in the United States), a pulpit. Hence, used symbolically for the clerical profession.
  3. A department of a newspaper tasked with covering a particular geographical region or aspect of the news.
    city desk

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Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: deasc
  • Welsh: desg

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Verb[edit]

desk (third-person singular simple present desks, present participle desking, simple past and past participle desked)

  1. (transitive) To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. (transitive) To equip with a desk or desks.
    • 1775, Henry VII (King of England), The will of king Henry vii [ed. by T. Astle.]., page 6:
      But also that the said Chapell be desked, and the windowes of our said Chapell be glased, with Stores, Ymagies, Armes, Bagies ami Cognossaunts, as is by us redily divised, and in picture delivered to the Priour of Saunt Bartilmews besid Smythfel, maistre of the works of our said Chapell;
    • 1914, The Builder - Volume 106, page 528:
      The teaching accommodation is to be as follows ;— Senior Mixed Department—Five rooms of equal area, four of which are each to be desked for forty scholars and one to be desked for thirty-two scholars
    • 2001, Bonnie M Gulan, A Collection of Nodding Off Stories, page 64:
      Each row of desked benches was stepped up a step from the other until the top row of desked benches seemed to hit its high ceiling.

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Adjective[edit]

desk

  1. Alternative form of dosk