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A ship with deck numbered 8.


Etymology 1Edit

Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch dec (roof, covering). Cognate with German Decke (covering, blanket). Also related with English thatch, thack.


deck (plural decks)

  1. Any raised flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop.
  2. (nautical) The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks.
    to swab the deck
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, []. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  3. (aviation) A main aeroplane surface, especially of a biplane or multiplane.
  4. (card games) A pack or set of playing cards.
  5. (card games, by extension) A set of cards owned by each individual player and from which they draws when playing.
    Synonyms: library
  6. A set of slides for a presentation.
    • 2011, David Kroenke, Donald Nilson, Office 365 in Business
      Navigate to the location where your PowerPoint deck is stored and select it.
  7. (obsolete) A heap or store.
Derived termsEdit
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.


deck (third-person singular simple present decks, present participle decking, simple past and past participle decked)

  1. (uncommon) To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  2. (informal) To knock someone to the floor, especially with a single punch.
    Wow, did you see her deck that guy who pinched her?
  3. (card games) To cause a player to run out of cards to draw and usually lose the game as a result.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English dekken, from Middle Dutch dekken (to cover), from Old Dutch theckon, *thecken, from Proto-Germanic *þakjaną (to roof; cover). More at thatch.


deck (third-person singular simple present decks, present participle decking, simple past and past participle decked)

  1. (transitive, sometimes with out) To dress (someone) up, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance
    • 1919, William Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 39
      They call beautiful a dress, a dog, a sermon; and when they are face to face with Beauty cannot recognise it. The false emphasis with which they try to deck their worthless thoughts blunts their susceptibilities.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Job xl. 10
      Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      Deck my body in gay ornaments.
  2. (transitive, with out) To decorate (something).
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      The dew with spangles decked the ground.
  3. To cover; to overspread.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton
      to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky
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  1. Imperative singular of decken.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of decken.



Borrowed from English deck.


deck m (invariable)

  1. tape deck