Meaning of DESK in English

desk S2 W2 /desk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Medieval Latin ; Origin: desca , from Latin discus 'dish, disk' ]

1 . a piece of furniture like a table, usually with drawers in it, that you sit at to write and work:

Marie was sitting at her desk.

2 . a place where you can get information or use a particular service in a hotel, airport etc:

the reception desk

the check-in desk

3 . an office that deals with a particular subject, especially in newspapers or television

the news/sports desk

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■ adjectives

▪ tidy

How come your desk is always so tidy?

▪ cluttered (=covered with papers, books etc in an untidy way)

His desk is so cluttered he can't find anything.

▪ empty (=that no one is using)

There are one or two empty desks in the office.

▪ a school desk

The children are at their school desks by 8:30 in the morning.

▪ an office desk

I got back from holiday to find piles of papers on my office desk.

▪ a writing desk (=that you use for writing letters etc)

Under the window was a small writing desk.

▪ a wooden/mahogany/rosewood etc desk

He sat at a plain wooden desk.

■ verbs

▪ sit at a desk

I don't want to do a job in which I'm sitting at a desk all day.

▪ get up from your desk

He got up from his desk to welcome the visitors.

▪ tidy your desk

I need to tidy my desk.

▪ clear your desk (=remove all the papers etc from it)

It's a good idea to clear your desk regularly.

■ desk + NOUN

▪ a desk job (=working mostly at a desk in an office)

He left his desk job to become a gardener.

▪ a desk drawer

I think I left my car keys in the desk drawer.

▪ a desk lamp

Don't forget to switch off the desk lamp.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.