, 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.
any open platform suggesting an exposed deck of a ship.
Buildingan open, unroofed porch or platform extending from a house or other building. Cf. sun deck.
Mechanical Engineeringany level, tier, or vertical section, as of a structure or machine.
AeronauticsSee flight deck (def. 2).
Buildinga flat or nearly flat watertight surface, as at the top of a French roof.
Buildinga floor or roof surface composed of decking units.
Meteorologycloud deck. See cloud layer.
Slang Termsa small packet of a narcotic, esp. heroin.
Gamesa pack of playing cards.
Printingbank3 (def. 8).
AutomotiveAlso called rear deck. the cover of a space behind the backseat of an automobile or the space itself.
Library Sciencea level of book shelving and associated facilities in the stacks of a library, as one of a series of floors or tiers.
Mechanical EngineeringSee cutter deck.
Sound Reproductiona cassette deck or tape deck.
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.
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.
Sport[Baseball.]next at bat; waiting one's turn to bat.
Informal Termsnext in line; coming up; scheduled.
Informal Termsprepared to act or work; ready.
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.
Games, Idiomsstack the deck. See stack (def. 23).
Civil Engineering(of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure. Cf. through (def. 23).
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.
Building, Nautical, Naval Termsto furnish with a deck.
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