Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A platform extending horizontally from one side of a ship to the other.
  • n. A platform or surface likened to a ship's deck.
  • n. A roofless, floored structure, typically with a railing, that adjoins a house.
  • n. The roadway of a bridge or an elevated freeway.
  • n. A pack of playing cards.
  • n. A group of data processing cards.
  • n. A tape deck.
  • n. Slang A packet of narcotics.
  • transitive v. To furnish with or as if with a deck.
  • transitive v. Slang To knock down: He decked his sparring partner.
  • idiom clear the deck Informal To prepare for action.
  • idiom hit the deck Slang To get out of bed.
  • idiom hit the deck Slang To fall or drop to a prone position.
  • idiom hit the deck Slang To prepare for action.
  • idiom on deck On hand; present.
  • idiom on deck Sports Waiting to take one's turn, especially as a batter in baseball.
  • transitive v. To clothe with finery; adorn. Often used with out: We were all decked out for the party.
  • transitive v. To decorate: decked the halls for the holidays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop.
  • n. A pack or set of playing cards.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  • v. In a fight or brawl, to knock someone to the floor, especially with a single punch.
  • v. To dress (someone) up, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance
  • v. To decorate (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
  • n. The roof of a passenger car.
  • n. A pack or set of playing cards.
  • n. A heap or store.
  • n. A main aëroplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.
  • n. the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway.
  • n. a flat platform adjacent to a house, usually without a roof; -- it is typically used for relaxing out of doors, outdoor cooking, or entertaining guests.
  • transitive v. To cover; to overspread.
  • transitive v. To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  • transitive v. to knock down (a person) with a forceful blow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover; overspread; invest; especially, to array or clothe with something resplendent or ornamental; adorn; embellish; set out: as, to deck one's self for a wedding; she was decked with jewels.
  • Nautical, to furnish with or as with a deck, as a vessel.
  • In mining, to load or unload (the cars or tubs) upon the cage.
  • [Cf. deck, n., 5.] To discard. Grose.
  • To rig out: as, to deck the card-cylinder of a Jacquard loom.
  • n. A covering; anything that serves as a sheltering cover.
  • n. An approximately horizontal platform or floor extending from side to side of a ship or of a part of a ship, as of a deck-house, and supported by beams and carlines.
  • n. In mining, the platform of the cage; that part of the cage on which the cars stand or the men ride. Cages are sometimes built with as many as four decks.
  • n. A pile of things laid one upon another; a heap; a store; a file, as of cards or papers.
  • n. A pack of cards containing only those necessary to play any given game: as, a euchre deck; a bezique deck.
  • n. That part of a pack which remains after the deal, and from which cards may be drawn during the course of the game.
  • n. To command every part of the deck, as with small arms, from the tops of an attacking vessel, To take off or carry away all the stakes on a card-table; hence, generally, to gain everything.
  • n.
  • n. In car-building, the roof of the clearstory of a passenger-car, often called upper deck; also, the sloping roof on either side of the clearstory, often called lower deck. The word is used in many compounds, such as deck-hood, a projecting shelter to keep the rain out of the deck-end ventilator of a streetcar; deck-lamp, a gas-lamp suspended from the under side of the deck; deck-sash, a clearstory window.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pack of 52 playing cards
  • n. a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
  • n. street name for a packet of illegal drugs
  • v. be beautiful to look at
  • n. any of various platforms built into a vessel
  • v. knock down with force
  • v. decorate

Etymologies

Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch dec, roof, covering; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
Dutch dekken, to cover, from Middle Dutch decken; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch deck ("roof, covering"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle Dutch dekken ("to cover"). (Wiktionary)

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