Definition of deck in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɛk


  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • When it's analysed, they'll find five or six half-chewed decks of heroin.


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  • 2 informal Knock (someone) to the ground with a punch: Lisa threatened to deck her if she didn’t stop filming
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    • 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.


not playing with a full deck

North American informal Mentally deficient: this guy has a screw loose—he wasn’t playing with a full deck
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  • ‘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

On or on to a ship’s main deck: she stood on deck for hours
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  • 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 Ready for action or work.
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  • 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.…



[in combination]: a three-decked vessel


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.

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