deck

Definitions

  • Decking Logs on Skidway
    Decking Logs on Skidway
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deck knock down with force "He decked his opponent"
    • v deck decorate "deck the halls with holly"
    • v deck be beautiful to look at "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
    • n deck any of various platforms built into a vessel
    • n deck street name for a packet of illegal drugs
    • n deck a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
    • n deck a pack of 52 playing cards
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Katie and Bolton on the deck of the ship Katie and Bolton on the deck of the ship
Tom and Pearson on the deck of the ship in the snow Tom and Pearson on the deck of the ship in the snow
Fragment of a Greek galley showing absence of deck. About 550 B.C Fragment of a Greek galley showing absence of deck. About 550 B.C

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
    • Deck 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.
    • Deck A heap or store. "Who . . . hath such trinkets
      Ready in the deck ."
    • Deck (Aëronautics) A main aëroplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.
    • Deck A pack or set of playing cards. "The king was slyly fingered from the deck ."
    • Deck 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.
    • Deck the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway.
    • Deck (Railroad) The roof of a passenger car.
    • Deck (arch) The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
    • Deck To cover; to overspread. "To deck with clouds the uncolored sky."
    • Deck To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish. "Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.""And deck my body in gay ornaments.""The dew with spangles decked the ground."
    • Deck To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
    • Deck to knock down (a person) with a forceful blow; as, He decked his opponent with a single punch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts
    • deck To cover; overspread; invest; especially, to array or clothe with something resplendent or ornamental; adorn; embellish; set out: as, to deck one's self for a wedding; she was decked with jewels.
    • deck Nautical, to furnish with or as with a deck, as a vessel.
    • deck In mining, to load or unload (the cars or tubs) upon the cage.
    • deck [Cf. deck, n., 5.] To discard. Grose. Synonyms Ornament, Decorate, etc. See adorn. See also list under decorate.
    • n deck A covering; anything that serves as a sheltering cover.
    • n deck An approximately horizontal platform or floor extending from side to side of a ship or of a part of a ship, as of a deck-house, and supported by beams and carlines. In wooden ships the deck is formed of planks about three inches wide and three inches thick, spiked to the beams and carlines; in iron ships it is formed of iron plating riveted to the beams and girders and generally covered with wooden planking. An armored deck is protected by iron or steel plating. The spar-deck is the upper deck of those which extend from stem to stern; the main deck is the deck immediately below the spar-deck in a double-decked ship; the quarter-deck is that part of the spar-deck which is abaft the mainmast; the topgallant forecastle-deck is a short deck above the spar-deck in the forward part of the ship, generally extending as far aft as the foremast. In a man-of-war the berth-deck is the deck below the gundeck, where the mess-lockers and -tables are placed, and where the hammocks are slung. The gun-deck is the deck of a man-of-war where the battery is carried; in old line-of-battle ships, where guns were carried on three decks below the spar-deck, they were called respectively the upper, middle, and lower gun-deck. A flush deck is a spar-deck clear from stem to stern of houses or other encumbrances. The term half-deck was formerly applied to the after part of the deck next below the spar-deck, and forward of the cabin bulkhead. The hurricane-deck is the upper light deck of side-wheel passenger-steamers. The orlop-deck is below the berth-deck, and is where the cables were formerly stowed. The poop-deck is the after part of the ship, over the cabin, when the cabin is on the spar-deck. The turtle-deck or turtle-backed deck is so called from its resemblance to the back of a turtle, and is a convex deck extending a short distance aft from the stem of an ocean steamer to shed the water in a head sea; in many iron steamships of recent model there is a similar arrangement on the stern. In river-steamers in the United States the boiler-deck is the deck on which the boilers are carried. A cambered deck is a deck arched so as to be higher in the middle than at the stem or stern—the opposite of the usual practice.
    • n deck In mining, the platform of the cage; that part of the cage on which the cars stand or the men ride. Cages are sometimes built with as many as four decks.
    • n deck A pile of things laid one upon another; a heap; a store; a file, as of cards or papers.
    • n deck A pack of cards containing only those necessary to play any given game: as, a euchre deck; a bezique deck.
    • n deck That part of a pack which remains after the deal, and from which cards may be drawn during the course of the game.
    • n deck To command every part of the deck, as with small arms, from the tops of an attacking vessel, To take off or carry away all the stakes on a card-table; hence, generally, to gain everything.
    • deck To rig out: as, to deck the card-cylinder of a Jacquard loom.
    • n deck In car-building, the roof of the clearstory of a passenger-car, often called upper deck; also, the sloping roof on either side of the clearstory, often called lower deck. The word is used in many compounds, such as deck-hood, a projecting shelter to keep the rain out of the deck-end ventilator of a streetcar; deck-lamp, a gas-lamp suspended from the under side of the deck; deck-sash, a clearstory window.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 2,598,960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards.
    • v.t Deck dek to cover: to clothe: to adorn: to furnish with a deck, as a vessel
    • n Deck a covering: a horizontal platform extending from one side of a vessel to the other, thereby joining them together, and forming both a floor and a covering: the part of a pack of cards that remains after the deal, or the part of a pack necessary for playing such games as bezique, &c
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Idioms

Clear the decks - When you clear the decks, you get ready for an important action and put away items that might get in your way.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. dekken, to cover; akin to E. thatch,. See Thatch

Usage

In literature:

One of these soldiers was Deck's cousin, Alick Lyon.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
Just let them see that you are on deck, and will be on deck again.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
I scarce know how the time passed, until at last I saw them, in the illumination of the deck lights, at length come on deck again.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
Of course we looked with respect on the brass plate on her deck which marks the spot where Nelson fell.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
The decks were strewn with dead, the mess-deck full of helpless wounded men.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
As the big, black hull of the steamer crashed into the sail boat, a loud shout went up from her deck.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Those of you who wish to go, muster on the main-deck.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Deck Lyon was mounted on his famous horse Ceph, so nicknamed after the even more famous charger ridden in ancient days by Alexander the Great.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
A few men moved briskly on deck, painting the bulwarks or polishing brass.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Wasn't half the crew on deck for that purpose?
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The captain hastened on deck with all the others, and ordered the helm a-lee.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
The depression had, however, almost vanished when, awakening rather early next morning, she went up on deck.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
A receptacle below deck for containing the chain-cable, which is passed thither through the deck-pipe.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He was again nosing me around the deck, glaring murder at me and talking to himself.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Men on the gun-deck of the ram were hurled to the deck, with the blood streaming from their nostrils.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
From the deck of the unterseeboot a signalling apparatus similar to that employed by the spies was in use.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Now you look like a decent man, and you can go on deck and show yourself.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Stick to the quarter-deck.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Not all the officers and men of the auxiliary fleet were, however, destined to pass across its decks.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Some vessels can't sail at all with decks under, but the Johnnie never stopped.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In poetry:

Softest velvet sod
Decks the meadow floor,
In the vineyards green
Swells the grape once more.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
The rivers, decked with sedge,
In lavish streams are flowing.
On every side the veg-
Etables, too, are growing.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
"In The Harbour: Decoration Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Upon the deck we lingered,
A whisper scarce was heard;
When hearts are stirred profoundest,
Lips are without a word.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Weary, helpless hopeless seamen
Fainting on the deck,
With what joy they hail their Savior,
As He hails their wreck!
"I’ll Stand" by Daniel Webster Moody
Where a river roars in rapids
And doves in maples fret,
Where peace has decked the pastures
Our guardian angels met.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

At our cottage up north, we have lichen or moss growing on parts of our deck , the walkway and the steps down to the driveway.
In areas where you have lichens: Do you dislike the look, or are you afraid it's damaging the walkways and deck .
Innovations in Decks & Decking .
Watch Innovations in Decks & Decking in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
Decking Out Your 'Man Cave'.
Is it time to redo your deck or walkways.
Different preservative levels are available – choose higher for decks close to the ground or in the shade.
PT lumber is the most common and cost-effective deck material.
Decking The Halls of Justice Kellie Henderson.
We are moving and need to sell.10.5 x 6.7 treated deck with post lights.
Trex deck and railing for sale.
Decking the Halls With Factional Fighting.
The pop could also be caused by a sheathing nail that was used to fasten the plywood or OSB roof deck .
Is an environmentally friendly polyisocyanurate-foam insulation board designed for use over sloped, unventilated roof decks .
Installation can be completed without a thermal barrier directly on the roof deck .
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In science:

If p 6= q , transpose the decks in positions p and q .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
G = Sm ; and independently, also uniformly, permute the deck terminating in position q .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
The element of ~v in position p (resp., q) is π ∈ G = Sm if the deck terminating in position p (resp., q) is permuted by π ∈ G = Sm .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
If p = q (which occurs with probability 1/n), leave the decks in their current positions.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Then, again independently and uniformly, permute the deck in position p = q by a permutation in G = Sm .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Two elements of this vector are then transposed as the decks of cards were above.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
G as the individual decks were permuted above.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
If p 6= q , transpose the decks in positions p and q .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
G = Sm and permute the deck terminating in position q by π−1 ∈ G = Sm .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
If p = q (which occurs with probability 1/n), leave the decks in their current positions.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Then, again independently and uniformly, permute the deck in position p = q by a permutation in G = Sm .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Two elements of this vector are then transposed as the decks of cards were above.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
The transposed elements of this vector are then multiplied by elements of G as the individual decks were permuted above.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Identify (x, f ) with (h(x), ρ(h)f ) for any deck transformation h, to get Eρ → M .
Codimension one symplectic foliations
Riemannian covering X of a compact Riemannian manifold M = X/Γ with an infinite group Γ of deck transformations.
Integrated density of states for ergodic random Schr\"odinger operators on manifolds
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