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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
deck /dɛk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa floorlike surface taking up one level of a hull of a vessel:Our cabin was on the fifth deck down.
  2. a surface suggesting the deck of a ship:the upper deck of the sightseeing bus.
  3. Buildingan open, unroofed porch extending from a house:We relaxed outside on the wooden deck.
  4. Gamesa pack of playing cards:He shuffled the deck and cut it.
  5. Sound Reproductiona cassette deck or tape deck.

  1. [ + obj + out] to dress in something fancy:decked herself out in her jewels.
  2. [ + out + obj] to decorate so as to look fancy or festive:We decked out the room with streamers.
  3. Informal Terms[ + obj]to knock (someone) down;
    to floor:His opponent decked him.
  1. Idiomsclear the decks, to prepare for work by removing all previous work:Let's clear the decks and get started on this new project.
  2. Idioms, Slang Termshit the deck, to fall or drop to the floor or ground.
  3. Idiomson deck: 
    • Informal Termspresent and ready to act or work.
    • Sport[Baseball.]next at bat.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
deck  (dek),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Naval Terms[Naut.]
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsa floorlike surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a hull, superstructure, or deckhouse, generally cambered, and often serving as a member for strengthening the structure of a vessel.
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsthe space between such a surface and the next such surface above:Our stateroom was on B deck.
  2. any open platform suggesting an exposed deck of a ship.
  3. Buildingan open, unroofed porch or platform extending from a house or other building. Cf. sun deck.
  4. Mechanical Engineeringany level, tier, or vertical section, as of a structure or machine.
  5. AeronauticsSee  flight deck (def. 2).
  6. Buildinga flat or nearly flat watertight surface, as at the top of a French roof.
  7. Buildinga floor or roof surface composed of decking units.
  8. Meteorologycloud deck. See  cloud layer. 
  9. Slang Termsa small packet of a narcotic, esp. heroin.
  10. Gamesa pack of playing cards.
  11. Printingbank3 (def. 8).
  12. AutomotiveAlso called  rear deck. the cover of a space behind the backseat of an automobile or the space itself.
  13. Library Sciencea level of book shelving and associated facilities in the stacks of a library, as one of a series of floors or tiers.
  14. Mechanical EngineeringSee  cutter deck. 
  15. Sound Reproductiona cassette deck or tape deck.
  16. Idiomsclear the decks: 
    • to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
    • to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
  17. Slang Terms, Idiomshit the deck: 
    • , Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]to rise from bed.
    • , Nautical, Naval Termsto fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
  18. on deck: 
    • Sport[Baseball.]next at bat;
      waiting one's turn to bat.
    • Informal Termsnext in line;
      coming up;
    • Informal Termsprepared to act or work;
  19. Slang Terms, Idiomsplay with or  have a full deck, to be sane, rational, or reasonably intelligent:Whoever dreamed up this scheme wasn't playing with a full deck.
  20. Games, Idiomsstack the deck. See  stack (def. 23).

  1. Civil Engineering(of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure. Cf. through (def. 23).

  1. to clothe or attire (people) or array (rooms, houses, etc.) in something ornamental or decorative (often fol. by out):We were all decked out in our Sunday best. The church was decked with holly for the holiday season.
  2. Building, Nautical, Naval Termsto furnish with a deck.
  3. Informal Termsto knock down;
    floor:The champion decked the challenger in the first round.
  • Dutch dekken to cover; cognate with German decken; compare thatch
  • Middle Dutch dec covering, roof; (verb, verbal)
  • (noun, nominal) late Middle English dekke material for covering 1425–75
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bedeck, garnish, trim, bedizen, adorn, embellish;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deck /dɛk/ n
  1. any of various platforms built into a vessel
  2. a similar floor or platform, as in a bus
  3. the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
  4. See tape deck
  5. chiefly US a pack of playing cards

  6. Also called: pack obsolete a collection of punched cards relevant to a particular program
  7. clear the decksinformal to prepare for action, as by removing obstacles from a field of activity or combat
  8. hit the deckinformal to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
  9. to prepare for action
  10. to get out of bed
vb (transitive)
  1. (often followed by out) to dress or decorate
  2. to build a deck on (a vessel)
  3. slang to knock (a person) to the floor or ground
Etymology: 15th Century: from Middle Dutch dec a covering; related to thatch
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