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deck Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any of various platforms built into a vessel
  2. noun street name for a packet of illegal drugs
  3. noun a pack of 52 playing cards
    deck of cards; pack of cards.
  4. noun a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
  5. verb be beautiful to look at
    embellish; beautify; decorate; grace; adorn.
    • Flowers adorned the tables everywhere
  6. verb decorate
    bedeck; bedight.
    • deck the halls with holly
  7. verb knock down with force
    knock down; floor; dump; coldcock.
    • He decked his opponent

Deck transitive verb
D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See Thatch.
imperfect & past participle Decked ; present participle & verbal noun Decking
  1. To cover; to overspread.
    To deck with clouds the uncolored sky. Milton.
  2. 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. Job xl. 10.
    And deck my body in gay ornaments. Shak.
    The dew with spangles decked the ground. Dryden.
  3. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
Deck noun
D. dek. See Deck, v.
  1. 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. ✍ The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one.
  2. (arch.) The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
  3. (Railroad) The roof of a passenger car.
  4. A pack or set of playing cards.
    The king was slyly fingered from the deck. Shak.
  5. A heap or store. Obs.
    Who . . . hath such trinkets Ready in the deck. Massinger.

Webster 1913

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