Meaning of DECK in English



Pronunciation: ' dek

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English dekke covering of a ship, from Middle Dutch *dec covering, probably from Middle Low German vordeck, from vordecken to cover, from vor- for- + decken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover ― more at THATCH

Date: 1509

1 : a platform in a ship serving usually as a structural element and forming the floor for its compartments

2 : something resembling the deck of a ship: as a : a story or tier of a building (as a sports stadium) <the upper deck > b : the roadway of a bridge c : a flat floored roofless area adjoining a house d : the lid of the compartment at the rear of the body of an automobile also : the compartment e : a layer of clouds

3 a : a pack of playing cards b : a packet of narcotics


– on deck

1 : ready for duty

2 : next in line : next in turn

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.