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deck / dek/ • n. 1. a structure of planks or plates, approximately horizontal, extending across a ship or boat at any of various levels, esp. one of those at the highest level and open to the weather. ∎  a floor or platform resembling or compared to a ship's deck, esp. the floor of a pier or a platform for sunbathing. ∎  a platformlike structure, typically made of lumber and unroofed, attached to a house or other building. ∎  a level of a large, open building, esp. a sports stadium. ∎  (the deck) inf. the ground or floor: there was a thud when I hit the deck. ∎  the flat part of a skateboard or snowboard. 2. a component or unit in sound-reproduction equipment that incorporates a playing or recording mechanism for discs or tapes: a tape deck. 3. a pack of cards. ∎ inf. a packet of narcotics. • v. [tr.] 1. (usu. be decked) decorate or adorn brightly or festively: Ingrid was decked out in her Sunday best. 2. inf. knock (someone) to the ground with a punch. PHRASES: below decks see below decks.clear the decks see clear. not playing with a full deck inf. mentally deficient. on deck on or onto a ship's main deck. ∎  Baseball next to hit in the batting order. ∎ fig. ready for action or work. DERIVATIVES: decked adj. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Middle Dutch dec ‘covering, roof, cloak,’ dekken ‘to cover.’ Originally denoting canvas used to make a covering (esp. on a ship), the term came to mean the covering itself, later denoting a solid surface serving as roof and floor.

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deck 1 †covering; platform extending from side to side of a ship XV; pack of cards XVI. — MDu. dek roof, covering, cloak (cf. THATCH); the nautical sense appears to be an Eng. development, since it does not appear for the Du. word till late XVII.

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deck 2 †cover; clothe richly, array. XVI. — (M)Du. dekken cover = OE. þeċċan cover, roof over, THATCH.

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Deck

a heap or store: a pile of things laid flat one upon the other.

Example: deck of cards, 1593.

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deckbeck, bedeck, check, cheque, Chiang Kai-shek, crosscheck, Czech, deck, dreck, exec, fleck, heck, hitech, keck, lek, neck, peck, Québec, rec, reck, sec, sneck, spec, speck, spot-check, tec, tech, Toulouse-Lautrec, trek, wreck •Hayek • Baalbek • pinchbeck •Steinbeck • Warbeck •Brubeck, Lübeck •Uzbek • Beiderbecke • hacek •soundcheck • Dubcek • foredeck •sundeck • afterdeck • quarterdeck •Dalek, Palekh •fartlek • Chichimec • Olmec • redneck •breakneck • V-neck • bottleneck •swan-neck • roughneck • rubberneck •halterneck • leatherneck • turtleneck •henpeck • kopek • shipwreck • Hasek •Aztec • Mixtec • Toltec • infotech •discothèque • Zapotec

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