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A ship with deck numbered 8.


  • IPA(key): /dɛk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛk

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dekke, borrowed from Middle Dutch dec (roof, covering), from Middle Dutch dekken, from Old Dutch thecken, from Proto-Germanic *þakjaną. Formed the same: German Decke (covering, blanket).


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
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0147:
      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 draw when playing.
    Synonym: 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.
    • 1655, Philip Massinger, The Guardian, Act III, scene iii:
      A paper-blurrer, who on all occasions, / For all times, and all season, hath such trinkets / Ready in the deck
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 thecken, from Proto-Germanic *þakjaną (to roof; cover).


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
  2. (transitive, sometimes with out) To decorate (something).
  3. To cover; to overspread.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky, / Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers
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Derived termsEdit





  1. Imperative singular of decken.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of decken.



Borrowed from English deck.


deck m (invariable)

  1. tape deck