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

  • n. A piece of furniture typically having a flat or sloping top for writing and often drawers or compartments.
  • n. A table, counter, or booth at which specified services or functions are performed: an information desk; a reception desk.
  • n. A department of a large organization in charge of a specified operation: a newspaper's city desk.
  • n. A lectern.
  • n. A music stand in an orchestra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.
  • n. 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 (esp. in the United States), a pulpit. Hence, used symbolically for “the clerical profession.”
  • transitive v. To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A table specially adapted for convenience in writing or reading, frequently made with a sloping top, which may lift on hinges to give access to an interior compartment, as in the ordinary form of school-desk, or combined with drawers, and sometimes with book-shelves; also, a frame or case with a sloping top, intended to rest on a table, and to hold a book or paper conveniently for reading or writing.
  • To shut, up in or as if in a desk; treasure up.

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

  • n. a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments

Etymologies

Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, table, from Old Italian desco, from Latin discus, quoit; see disk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin desca, from Latin discus. (Wiktionary)

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