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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n desk a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Writing Desk Made of Plain-Sawed Oak Writing Desk Made of Plain-Sawed Oak
Detail of the Writing Desk Detail of the Writing Desk
At Teacher's Desk At Teacher's Desk
A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...
William standing beside Miss Drew’s desk William standing beside Miss Drew’s desk

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 10 million bacteria at the place where you rest your hands at a desk
    • Desk A reading table or lectern to support the book from which the liturgical service is read, differing from the pulpit from which the sermon is preached; also (esp. in the United States), a pulpit. Hence, used symbolically for “the clerical profession.”
    • Desk A table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.
    • v. t Desk To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet
    • n desk A table specially adapted for convenience in writing or reading, frequently made with a sloping top, which may lift on hinges to give access to an interior compartment, as in the ordinary form of school-desk, or combined with drawers, and sometimes with book-shelves; also, a frame or case with a sloping top, intended to rest on a table, and to hold a book or paper conveniently for reading or writing. The name is sometimes extended to the whole structure or erection to which such a sloping frame is attached, as in the Church of England to the stall from which the morning and evening services are read, in Scotch churches to the stall of the precentor, and in the United States to the pulpit or the lectern in a church.
    • desk To shut, up in or as if in a desk; treasure up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
    • n Desk desk a sloping table for the use of writers or readers, often fitted with drawers, &c.: a shut-up writing-box: a pulpit or lectern
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  • Thomas J. Peters
    “If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you're nuts to stay there.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.”
  • Eric Burdon
    Eric Burdon
    “You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, go back to the factory or go back to the desk.”
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, just what does an empty desk mean?”
  • Marina Tsvetaeva
    Marina Tsvetaeva
    “My desk, most loyal friend thank you. You've been with me on every road I've taken. My scar and my protection.”


Tidy desk, tidy mind - A cluttered or disorganised environment will affect your clarity of thought. Organised surroundings and affairs will allow for clearer thought organisation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deske, the same word as dish, disk,. See Dish, and cf. Disk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. deske—L. discus. It is a variant of dish and disc.


In literature:

There were (avoiding fractions) 8 books on each half-desk, and 15 on each complete desk; so that by comparing the plan (fig.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
Workmen were removing letter-files and taking desks out of the door.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
It was an ordinary upright desk.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
In a chair at the desk sat Corrigan, glowering at Trevison.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Inside sat a sergeant at a flat-top desk.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
And Gabriel, after a moment's pause, shifted some of the papers on his desk, with an impatient movement.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
Every month last year I used to straighten his desk, and some of last spring's bills are still there, and they haven't been paid.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Chambers was hunched over his desk, addressing the other two.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
She stood before the teacher's desk with hanging head.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
From among a great many desks of all descriptions, Mrs. Montgomery with some difficulty succeeded in choosing one to her mind.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

A hundred thousand students now,
Behind the study desk;
Have fix'd a frown upon their brow,
They will not be oppressed.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Away! I will not be, to-day,
The only slave of toil and care.
Away from desk and dust! away!
I'll be as idle as the air.
"A Summer Ramble" by William Cullen Bryant
And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.
"Slough" by Sir John Betjeman
Come Tom and Dick, come all the troop
That cried it far and wide,
Come from the forger and his desk,
Desert the perjurer's side;
"Roger Casement" by William Butler Yeats
What mean these stale moralities,
Sir Preacher, from your desk you mumble?
Why rail against the great and wise,
And tire us with your ceaseless grumble?
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
You have heard it often, alone at your desk
In a green April, your mind drawn
Away from its work by sweet disturbance
Of the mild evening outside your room.
"A Blackbird Singing" by R S Thomas

In news:

Two bottles of moonshine just landed on my desk.
'You've Provoked Me To Puke Into A Trash Can Beside My Desk'.
Little else matters, especially not the lawn that needs mowing or office desk buried with work, as I recline against a warm, smooth rock after a swim in the turquoise-hued pools of Havasu Creek.
Amelia Wagner sits on a WittFitt chair while working at her desk Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009, at Spectrum School.
Will "standing desks" soon replace our chairs.
Was it falling asleep at my desk.
I was ecstatic when the press release arrived on my desk two weeks ago.
Help-Desk is making its Help Desk Premier software available for free to educational organizations until the end of this year.
Further information about Help Desk Premier is available at help-desk
Help Desk helps save cancer victim's home.
Help desk , rebooted: Social, mobile remake tech support.
You Really CAN Speed Help Desk Problem Resolution.
It's no secret – when an issue hits the help desk , you need to solve it RIGHT NOW.
At that point an automated help desk system is nearly essential.
Verizon, Geek Squad Partner for SMB Help Desk Services.

In science:

One of them is the possibility to calculate it for one, two and three dimensions using the same desk computer that we were using above.
Non-periodic pseudo-random numbers used in Monte Carlo calculations
Our main motivation is a gain in performance available from a desk-side workstations.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
He may also do his multiplications and additions on a “desk machine,” but this is not important.
Using Isabelle to verify special relativity, with application to hypercomputation theory
In fact, the consequences of using a “desk machine” cannot be so readily dismissed, because this implies that the computation may involve coordination between two physically separated agents (the human and the machine) [Sta13].
Using Isabelle to verify special relativity, with application to hypercomputation theory
Now when they join an organisation they will commonly be offered reduced power (e.g. by restrictions on web usage, file downloads, email filtering and through locked-down desk top machines).
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good