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Deck \Deck\ (d[e^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decked (d[e^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Decking.] [D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See Thatch.]
To cover; to overspread.
To deck with clouds the uncolored sky.
To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.
Syn: adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, ornament, beautify.
Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.
--Job xl. 10.
And deck my body in gay ornaments.
The dew with spangles decked the ground.
To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
to knock down (a person) with a forceful blow; as, He decked his opponent with a single punch.
Syn: coldcock, dump, knock down, floor.
Deck \Deck\, n. [D. dek. See Deck, v.]
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. Note: The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one. Berth deck (Navy), a deck next below the gun deck, where the hammocks of the crew are swung. Boiler deck (River Steamers), the deck on which the boilers are placed. Flush deck, any continuous, unbroken deck from stem to stern. Gun deck (Navy), a deck below the spar deck, on which the ship's guns are carried. If there are two gun decks, the upper one is called the main deck, the lower, the lower gun deck; if there are three, one is called the middle gun deck. Half-deck, that portion of the deck next below the spar deck which is between the mainmast and the cabin. Hurricane deck (River Steamers, etc.), the upper deck, usually a light deck, erected above the frame of the hull. Orlop deck, the deck or part of a deck where the cables are stowed, usually below the water line. Poop deck, the deck forming the roof of a poop or poop cabin, built on the upper deck and extending from the mizzenmast aft. Quarter-deck, the part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one. Spar deck.
Same as the upper deck.
Sometimes a light deck fitted over the upper deck.
Upper deck, the highest deck of the hull, extending from stem to stern.
(arch.) The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
(Railroad) The roof of a passenger car.
A pack or set of playing cards.
The king was slyly fingered from the deck.
A heap or store. [Obs.]
Who . . . hath such trinkets Ready in the deck.
(A["e]ronautics) A main a["e]roplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.
the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway.
a flat platform adjacent to a house, usually without a roof; -- it is typically used for relaxing out of doors, outdoor cooking, or entertaining guests.
Between decks. See under Between.
Deck bridge (Railroad Engineering), a bridge which carries the track upon the upper chords; -- distinguished from a through bridge, which carries the track upon the lower chords, between the girders.
Deck curb (Arch.), a curb supporting a deck in roof construction.
Deck floor (Arch.), a floor which serves also as a roof, as of a belfry or balcony.
Deck hand, a sailor hired to help on the vessel's deck, but not expected to go aloft.
Deck molding (Arch.), the molded finish of the edge of a deck, making the junction with the lower slope of the roof.
Deck roof (Arch.), a nearly flat roof which is not surmounted by parapet walls.
Deck transom (Shipbuilding), the transom into which the deck is framed.
To clear the decks (Naut.), to remove every unnecessary incumbrance in preparation for battle; to prepare for action.
To sweep the deck (Card Playing), to clear off all the stakes on the table by winning them.
Deck may refer to:
In architecture, a deck is a flat surface capable of supporting weight, similar to a floor, but typically constructed outdoors, often elevated from the ground, and usually connected to a building. The term is a generalization of decks as found on ships.
A deck is a permanent covering over a compartment or a hull of a ship. On a boat or ship, the primary or upper deck is the horizontal structure that forms the "roof" of the hull, strengthening it and serving as the primary working surface. Vessels often have more than one level both within the hull and in the superstructure above the primary deck, similar to the floors of a multi-story building, that are also referred to as decks, as are certain compartments and decks built over specific areas of the superstructure. Decks for some purposes have specific names.
A bridge deck or road bed is the roadway, or the pedestrian walkway, surface of a bridge, and is one structural element of the superstructure of a bridge. It is not to be confused with any deck of a ship. The deck may be constructed of concrete, steel, open grating, or wood. Sometimes the deck is covered with asphalt concrete or other pavement. The concrete deck may be an integral part of the bridge structure ( T-beam or double tee structure) or it may be supported with I-beams or steel girders.
When a bridge deck is installed in a through truss, it is sometimes called a floor system. A suspended bridge deck will be suspended from the main structural elements on a suspension or arch bridge. On some bridges, such as a tied-arch or a cable-stayed, the deck is a primary structural element, carrying tension or compression to support the span.
Deck is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Brian Deck, American record producer
- Gabriel Deck (born 1995), Argentine basketball player
- John N. Deck (1921–1979), Canadian philosopher
- Nathan Deck (born 1990), Canadian ice hockey player
- René Deck (born 1945), Swiss footballer
- Ronnie Deck (born 1977), American baseball player
- Théodore Deck, 19th century French ceramicist
- Woody Deck (born 1983), American poker player
Etymology 1 n. 1 Any flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop. 2 (lb en 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. 3 (cx aviation English) A main aeroplane surface, especially of a biplane or multiplane. 4 A pack or set of playing cards. 5 A set of slides for a presentation. 6 (lb en obsolete) A heap or store. vb. 1 (context uncommon English) To furnish with a deck, as a vessel. 2 (context informal English) To knock someone to the floor, especially with a single punch. Etymology 2
vb. 1 (context transitive sometimes with ''out'' English) To dress up (someone) up, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance 2 (context transitive with ''out'' English) To decorate (something). 3 To cover; to overspread.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"covering over part of a ship," mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Middle Low German verdeck (or a related North Sea Germanic word), a nautical word, from ver- "fore" + decken "to cover, put under roof," from Proto-Germanic *thackjam (related to thatch, q.v.).\n
\nSense extended early in English from "covering" to "platform of a ship." "Pack of cards" is 1590s, perhaps because they were stacked like decks of a ship. Deck chair (1884) so called because they were used on ocean liners. Tape deck (1949) is in reference to the flat surface of old reel-to-reel tape recorders.
"knock down," c.1953, probably from deck (n.) on the notion of laying someone out on the deck. Related: Decked; decking.\n
"adorn" (as in deck the halls), early 15c., from Middle Dutch dekken "to cover," from the same Germanic root as deck (n.). Meaning "to cover" is from 1510s in English. Replaced Old English þeccan. Related: Decked; decking.\n
Usage examples of "deck".
The Christmas party was in full swing when Augusta boarded: a band played on the main deck, and passengers in evening dress drank champagne and danced with friends who had come to say good-bye.
Even the decks of cards used at the blackjack and poker tables were specially printed, with the Twelve Apostles replacing the face cards, the Dove of the Holy Spirit replacing the aces, Jesus instead of the Joker, and the Fairchild Ministry logo on the back.
GMT Room 512, Deck 5 Bouddica Alpha The telephone rang, a jarring, explosive sound, and Adler looked up from the shaking, whimpering girl, irritated.
Coyote killed the afterburner, then snapped the Tomcat into a wingover which sent the heavy aircraft plunging toward the cloud deck in an inverted dive.
The raised bridge, the aftercastle and observation decks and lounges, became steep knolls skinned in topsoil.
There were six men about on the deck, watching the sail or keeping lookout, rand the steersman on the steerboard side of the aftercastle raised a hand to Thorsten to signal all was well as he and Aylwin climbed the ladder to the higher deck.
They went down from the aftercastle again, and into a small cabin sandwiched between it and the main deck, where they shared a meal of dried meat and hard biscuit, washed down with ale.
Vannier and Ferris to get into the lifeboat, called to McKinnon to cast off aft, and half-ran, half-stumbled up the heeling, slippery deck to where the girl and the soldier stood half-way between the aftercastle screen door and the ladder leading to the poop-deck above.
A large and fairly comfortable cabin was built into the afterpart of the ship, partly lowered into the hold to give it more headroom without rising too high above the deck.
They were sitting on the deck, under the lee of the bulwark, in the afterpart of the ship, close against the shelter of the aftercastle.
Set adjacent to my hotel was Gringos, an establishment of bamboo and thatch above a concrete deck and open to the aira tourist bar that, since there were no tourists, catered chiefly to expatriates and young Honduran women.
There was a deck of cumulus far below but through big breaks, the pilots could see the deeply indented coastline of the Takao area and the big concrete airdrome of Einansho.
Now the only control the crew on the flight deck could exert over their fate was through the limited influence of airfoil surfaces on thin air.
All were fully decked, which meant the oarsmen sat within the hull, an ordeal more endurable because they were housed in an outrigger that projected them well over the water, made it easier and airier to row.
The deck crew scurried about, sometimes appearing to be some sort of huge, brightly colored colonial or amebic creature moving with urgent purpose rather than a scattered group of tired, hard-worked men and women.