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Pronunciation: /dɛk
 
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Definition of deck in English:

noun

1A floor of a ship, especially the upper, open level extending for the full length of the vessel: he stood on the deck of his flagship the lower decks
More example sentences
  • The play opens on the deck of a ship that is sailing from the north African city of Carthage to the Italian city of Naples.
  • The launchers are installed at a fixed elevation on the upper deck behind the main mast.
  • Adrianna was standing on the forecastle deck near the bowsprit of the ship, staring out at the crashing waves and crystal clear water.
1.1A floor or platform resembling or compared to a ship’s deck: the upper deck of the car park
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  • The concrete deck forms a platform from which the building rises.
  • It even has its own viewing platform, up a spiral stair to the rooftop deck.
  • Taipei 101 management will open an observation deck on the 89th floor of the building on Jan.19.
1.2A floor of a double-decker bus: she was sitting on the top deck
More example sentences
  • I am not a fan of bus travel in general, with one exception, which is that I enjoy sitting in the front seat of the top deck of a double-decker bus and watching London go by.
  • One of my favourite things is to sit on the top deck of a double-decker bus and watch the world go by beneath you.
  • Mostly, however, the show ranged far further afield, with sketches taking place on the top deck of a moving double-decker bus, in the sea, in forests and so on.
1.3A timber platform or terrace attached to a house or other building: sitting on his deck on that sunny Sunday afternoon
More example sentences
  • The wooden deck attached to your house is NOT a good place to barbecue.
  • In some areas a deck attached to a house will be taxed, but if it is separated by even an inch or two it will not.
  • I work in a cozy tiny bright room in the garage and have a clear view of the back of the house to which a large deck is attached.
1.4 (the deck) informal The ground or floor: there was a big thud when I hit the deck
More example sentences
  • It was always going to be a difficult game to officiate given Tyrone's willingness to hit the deck but White punished petulance as well as could have been expected.
  • All I see is the Marines just hit the deck and start shooting.
  • As soon as he hit the deck, Kenny Logan grabbed the ball and raced through the middle to score under the posts.
1.5The flat part of a skateboard or snowboard.
Example sentences
  • With intent, nearly 30 diverse local talents have transformed skateboard decks into art pieces.
  • He has turned skateboard decks into an art form, appealing to art enthusiasts.
  • He managed to get off the bus before me, as I had two bags, my guitar and my skateboard decks to carry.
2A component or unit for playing or recording records, tapes, or compact discs: a record deck a cassette deck
More example sentences
  • I've done very technically accomplished mixes on home hi-fi equipment - two hi-fi decks and a tape recorder.
  • Sound and Video clips are played in from computer servers rather than Tape machines and record decks.
  • After the recording is finished, the tape rewinds and the deck starts scanning for commercials.
2.1 (decks) A set of two or more record decks connected to sound mixing equipment, used by a DJ: every serious DJ needs a set of decks
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  • Trackstar The DJ was behind the decks.
  • The bar and DJ decks are located along the back wall, allowing clubbers to enjoy the music and the picturesque views.
  • "I am a legend," he shouted out to a packed dancefloor from the decks with his arms raised in the air.
3chiefly North American A pack of cards: Craig reached into his pocket and caressed his lucky deck of cards
More example sentences
  • The virtual deck of cards is shuffled randomly, and the top cards off the deck are dealt.
  • Intimate Poker is a deck of cards with a range of forfeits specified on each card.
  • Feeling the clasp of a hand on his shoulder Ben turned and could not resist a smile as Jack took out his trademark deck of cards and shuffled it in mid air.
3.1North American informal A packet of narcotics.
Example sentences
  • When it's analysed, they'll find five or six half-chewed decks of heroin.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
1Decorate or adorn brightly or festively: Ingrid was decked out in her Sunday best
More example sentences
  • You got a hint that he was a Wolves supporter from the fact that he wore a golden shirt, his car was decked out in flags… and his hair was dyed gold.
  • Their table is already decked out in the flags of several different countries.
  • This weekend many pubs will be decked out in flags and banners and a growing number of councils are spending a small fortune on celebrations.
Synonyms
2 informal Knock (someone) to the ground with a punch: Lisa threatened to deck her if she didn’t stop filming
More example sentences
  • I thought Kent had become timid after Kareem decked him with one punch during his rookie year.
  • When Ford again tried to reach for Grace, she spun away from him, decking him with her elbow and then knocking his feet out from under him with a deft kick.
  • She was breathing hard, and her fists were clenched as if she were ready to deck the first person that got in her way.

Origin

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.

Phrases

not playing with a full deck

1
North American informal Mentally deficient: this guy has a screw loose—he wasn’t playing with a full deck
More example sentences
  • ‘He was obviously not playing with a full deck,’ Sergeant Petcoff said.
  • Vivaldo quickly deduces that Don Quijote is not playing with a full deck, but continues to converse and question him; curious as to the extent of his delusion.
  • The innkeeper now knew, without a doubt, that his guest is not playing with a full deck and he decides to have some fun and play along.

on deck

2
On or on to a ship’s main deck: she stood on deck for hours
More example sentences
  • On this occasion, people were sunbathing out on deck while the ship made its way between Ullapool and Stornoway.
  • Bligh orders the ship's doctor, a dying man, to stand on deck despite his illness.
  • My days were spent on deck, working the ship and my nights were spent in Garren's pleasant company.
North American informal 2.1 Ready for action or work.
Example sentences
  • I'm back on deck today and ready for return to German class tonight, though I haven't done much revision.
  • And on deck in Salt Lake City is Kevin Peraino, correspondent covering the Smart story for ‘Newsweek’.
  • I don't know how they organize who is on deck for media appearances, but they just have to be better prepared.…

Derivatives

decked

1
adjective
[in combination]: a three-decked vessel

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