a floorlike surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a hull, superstructure, or deckhouse, generally cambered, and often serving as a member for strengthening the structure of a vessel.
the space between such a surface and the next such surface above:
Our stateroom was on B deck.
any open platform suggesting an exposed deck of a ship.
an open, unroofed porch or platform extending from a house or other building.
Compare sun deck.
any level, tier, or vertical section, as of a structure or machine.
flight deck (def 2).
a flat or nearly flat watertight surface, as at the top of a French roof.
a floor or roof surface composed of decking units.
Meteorology. cloud deck. See cloud layer.
Slang. a small packet of a narcotic, especially heroin.
a pack of playing cards.
Printing. bank3 (def 8).
Also called rear deck. the cover of a space behind the backseat of an automobile or the space itself.
Library Science. a level of book shelving and associated facilities in the stacks of a library, as one of a series of floors or tiers.
a cassette deck or tape deck.
Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.
Compare through (def 22).
verb (used with object)
to clothe or attire (people) or array (rooms, houses, etc.) in something ornamental or decorative (often followed by out):
We were all decked out in our Sunday best. The church was decked with holly for the holiday season.
to furnish with a deck.
Informal. to knock down; floor:
The champion decked the challenger in the first round.
clear the decks,
to prepare for combat, as by removing all unnecessary gear.
to prepare for some activity or work, as by getting rid of hindrances.
hit the deck, Slang.
Nautical. to rise from bed.
to fall, drop, or be knocked to the ground or floor.
Baseball. next at bat; waiting one’s turn to bat.
Informal. next in line; coming up; scheduled.
Informal. prepared to act or work; ready.
play with / have a full deck, Slang. to be sane, rational, or reasonably intelligent:
Whoever dreamed up this scheme wasn’t playing with a full deck.
stack the deck. stack (def 24).
(nautical) any of various platforms built into a vessel: a promenade deck, the poop deck
a similar floor or platform, as in a bus
the horizontal platform that supports the turntable and pick-up of a record player
See tape deck
(mainly US) a pack of playing cards
(computing, obsolete) Also called pack. a collection of punched cards relevant to a particular program
a raised wooden platform built in a garden to provide a seating area
(informal) clear the decks, to prepare for action, as by removing obstacles from a field of activity or combat
(informal) hit the deck
to fall to the floor or ground, esp in order to avoid injury
to prepare for action
to get out of bed
(often foll by out) to dress or decorate
to build a deck on (a vessel)
(slang) to knock (a person) to the floor or ground
The roof of a railroad car (1853+)
A package of narcotics; portion of a drug, esp three grains of heroin; bag: a deck of nose candy for sale (1922+ Narcotics)
A package of cigarettes (1940s+)
A skateboard (1990s+ Skateboarders)
To knock someone down, esp with the fist; floor: Remember that guy I decked in the restaurant? (1940s+)
cold deck, deal someone a poor deck, hit the deck, on deck, wet deck
In addition to the idiom beginning with
verb (used without object) 1. to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building. 2. to inveigh (usually followed by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums. 3. to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument. […]
adjective 1. pertaining to or characterized by declamation. 2. merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted: a pompous, declamatory manner of speech. adjective 1. relating to or having the characteristics of a declamation 2. merely rhetorical; empty and bombastic
verb (used with object), declared, declaring. 1. to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one’s position in a controversy. 2. to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner. 3. to state emphatically: He declared that the allegation was a lie. 4. to […]
adjective 1. serving to declare, make known, or explain: a declarative statement. adjective 1. making or having the nature of a declaration