Meaning of DECK in English

I. ˈdek noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably modification of (assumed) Low German verdeck (whence German verdeck ), from (assumed) Middle Low German vordeck (translation of Old Italian coperta or Middle French couverte, literally, cover), Middle Low German vordecken to cover, from Middle Low German vor- (akin to Old High German fir-, fur- for-) + decken to cover (akin to Old High German decken to cover) — more at thatch

1. : a platform in a ship extending within the hull from side to side and from stem to stern (as the main deck) or extending within or above the hull part of the width or the length (as the bridge deck) and serving as an important element in a ship's structural strength and forming the floor for its compartments

2. : something resembling the deck of a ship: as

a. : a surface regarded as a floor to stand or move upon — used especially in the United States Navy

the third deck of the barracks

flying about 50 feet above the deck

b. : a story of a building

c. : a floor of a many-tiered stack in a library

d. : the roadway of a bridge

e. : the floor of a boxing ring

f. : a flat floored roofless area adjoining a house or built as a structural part of it and usually being open on one or more sides

g. : the top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat


(1) : the roof of a railroad passenger car

(2) : a compartment for livestock in a freight car


(1) : the lid of the compartment at the rear of the body of an automobile

(2) : the compartment covered by such a deck

j. : any one of the platforms of a large printing press

3. : a group or packet usually containing a specified number or amount: as

a. : pack 3c

b. : a group or file of tabulation cards usually punched

c. : a package of cigarettes

d. : a packet containing drugs

e. : a load of market lambs that fills a single-decked railroad shipping car

4. : duty assignment of officer of the deck

the lieutenant had the deck that evening


a. : a platform for logs

b. : a pile of logs

6. : a horizontal division of a newspaper or periodical headline

7. : feedboard

8. : the length of the short triangular deck piece in the bow of a racing shell

led by a deck to a half-length until there were three quarters of a mile to go — New York Times

- below decks

- between decks

- on deck

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: in senses 3, 4, and 5, from deck (I) ; in senses 1 and 2, from Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decken to cover — more at thatch

1. obsolete : cover , array

deck with clouds the uncolored sky — John Milton


a. : dress , apparel

the Chinese have decked themselves for festivity in red — James Cameron

b. : to clothe with more than ordinary elegance : adorn , embellish — often used with out

decked out with festooned ribbons — Donn Byrne

an airplane decked out with an ice-blue interior — Saturday Review

3. : to furnish (as a ship) with or as if with a deck — often used with in or over

4. : to load or pile up on a deck

deck up logs

5. : floor , flatten

decked every opponent he has fought — Lewis Eskin

Synonyms: see adorn

III. noun, adjective (or adverb)

1. : tape deck herein

2. : a layer of clouds

- on the deck

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