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

  • n. Something having a deck or an indicated number of levels, stories, or tiers. Often used in combination: a three-decker apartment house; double-decker buses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, decks or adorns; a coverer.
  • n. Something having numerous levels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, decks or adorns; a coverer.
  • n. A vessel or vehicle which has a deck or decks; -- used esp. in composition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which decks or adorns; a coverer: as, a table-decker.
  • n. A vessel that has a deck or decks: as, a two-decker.
  • n. In lumbering, one who rolls logs upon a skidway or log-deck.

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

  • n. (often used in combinations) something constructed with multiple levels
  • n. English dramatist and pamphleteer (1572-1632)


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  • A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich or double-decker, is a sandwich with two layers of fillings between 3 slices of bread.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Newly renovated Ladies Lounge.

  • Any further conversation was out of the question, as the candidate -- a smart, clean-shaven man with clearly cut features -- now appeared, and announced himself by removing his new straw "decker," and calling out --

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn

  • After some deliberation he decided to advance Bob Stratton to the post, that "decker" having had more or less experience the year before.

    The Blazed Trail

  • "decker" having had more or less experience the year before.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Three-decker novel about the contrasting, intersecting lives of a Chinese boy and girl, born in the same mainland village and brought to America by force of circumstances.

    Why Not All the Prizes?

  • More than 50 commuters were killed and hundreds were injured when four suicide bombers attacked London's subway system and a double-decker bus on July 7, 2005.

    Bloomberg Taking Cues From London's CCTV-Obsessed Security

  • They plan to drug Fischer on a 10-hour plane flight and create a triple-decker dream, a dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream? which, Narnia-like, will last 10 years in Fischer's dreaming mind.


  • Gareth Phillips for The Wall Street Journal Celebrating a birthday, these young women rented a double-decker bus called the Party Buzz to take them from their small town into Cardiff for the night.

    Drunk in Wales

  • The A400M program is already running more than three years late and has become a major headache for EADS and its Airbus subsidiary at a time when it is starting to get over production difficulties with the A380 double-decker superjumbo.

    EADS Seeks Clarification on A400M Proposal

  • More photos and interactive graphics Besides supporting a bank branch and carrying passengers, the 125-foot, triple-decker Voyager III stocks 500 tons of beans, chicken, bleach and other goods that it sells over a 1,000-mile course and a dozen ports of call.

    A Banker Wades Into New Markets by Floating Loans From a Boat


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  • At the place of sectioning the depression is two feet wide by a foot deep and covered with almost a foot of alluvium washed from the slightly higher slopes to the north; within it were collected charcoal, burned pebbles, the very abundant scallop (Pecten irradians), quahog (Venus mercenaria) clam (Mya arenaria), oyster (Ostrca virginiima), also a few specimens of the decker (Crepidula fornicata), jingle shell (Anomia), blood clam (Scapharca pexata) and a fulgur, besides the bones of some fish and birds and broken pottery.

    --Hervey W. Shimer, 1912, "Kitchen Middens as Ethnological Records", Science Conspectus 3: 28

    March 19, 2010