/ dek; NAmE / noun , verb
the top outside floor of a ship or boat :
I was the only person on deck at that time of night.
As the storm began, everyone disappeared below deck(s) .
one of the floors of a ship or a bus :
the upper / lower / main deck of a ship
We sat on the top deck of the bus.
My cabin is on deck C.
—see also double-decker , flight deck , single-decker
(also ˌdeck of ˈcards ) ( especially NAmE ) = pack
a wooden floor that is built outside the back of a house where you can sit and relax
—picture at house
a part of a sound system that records and/or plays sounds on a disc or tape :
a cassette / tape deck
see clear verb , hand noun , hit verb
■ verb [ vn ]
[ often passive ] deck sb/sth (out) (in / with sth) to decorate sb/sth with sth :
The room was decked out in flowers and balloons.
( informal ) to hit sb very hard so that they fall to the ground
late Middle English : from Middle Dutch dec covering, roof, cloak, dekken to cover. Originally denoting canvas used to make a covering (especially on a ship), the term came to mean the covering itself, later denoting a solid surface serving as roof and floor.