I. deck 1 /dek/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Middle Dutch ; Origin: dec 'roof, covering' ]
1 . ON A SHIP
a) the outside top level of a ship that you can walk or sit on:
Let’s go up on deck.
Peter stayed below deck.
b) one of the different levels on a ship
main/passenger/car etc deck
a staircase leading to the passenger deck
2 . ON A BUS, PLANE ETC one of the levels on a bus, plane etc
lower/upper etc deck
I managed to find a seat on the upper deck.
Eddie returned to the flight deck (=the part of an aircraft where the pilot sits) .
⇨ ↑ double-decker (1), ↑ single-decker
3 . AT THE BACK OF A HOUSE American English a wooden floor built out from the back of a house, where you can sit and relax outdoors ⇨ decking :
4 . MUSIC a piece of equipment used for playing music tapes, records etc
5 . CARDS a set of playing cards SYN pack British English :
Irene shuffled the deck.
a deck of cards
⇨ all hands on deck at ↑ hand 1 (38), ⇨ clear the decks at ↑ clear 2 (17), ⇨ hit the deck at ↑ hit 1 (17)
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▪ floor one of the levels in a building:
She lives in an apartment on the eighteenth floor.
▪ storey British English , story American English used when saying how many levels a building has:
a five-storey car park
The school is a single storey building.
▪ the ground floor ( also the first floor American English ) the floor of a building that is at ground level:
There is a shop on the ground floor.
The emergency room is on the first floor.
▪ the first floor British English , the second floor American English the floor of a building above the one at ground level:
She lives on the first floor.
▪ deck one of the levels on a ship, bus, or plane:
The Horizon Lounge is on the top deck of the ship.
II. deck 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]
[ Sense 1: Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Dutch ; Origin: dekken 'to cover' ]
[ Sense 2: Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ deck 1 ]
1 . ( also deck something out ) [usually passive] to decorate something with flowers, flags etc
deck something (out) with something
The street was decked with flags for the royal wedding.
2 . informal to hit someone so hard that they fall over:
Gerry just swung round and decked him.