deck

Definitions

Aviation

Cars & Driving

Construction

  • An uncovered wood platform usually attached to or on the roof of a structure.
  • The flooring of a building.
  • The structural system to which a roof covering is applied.

Cricket

  • noun the ground, especially the playing surface
    Citation ‘On a pacy, bouncy deck Curtly Ambrose and Ian Bishop were just too good, and Australia went down by an innings with more than two and a half days unused’ (Chas Keys, Australian Cricket October 1993)
    Citation ‘On a flat deck, a bowler has to slash his pace and focus on line and length alone’ (Purandare 2005)

Electronics

  • An audio system component which records and plays back magnetic tapes.
  • The tape-transport mechanism of a deck (1).

Media Studies

  • noun a part of a newspaper headline that summarises the story

Slang

  • noun a portion or package of illicit drugs, especially heroin. The term, from American addicts’ jargon of the 1960s, spread to Britain and Australia where the meaning was sometimes amended to refer to an injection, or the amount (of heroin) necessary for an injection.
  • verb to knock (someone) to the ground. A variant of ‘to floor’.

Sports

  • noun a platform on which physical exercises are performed, e.g. in a gym

Travel

  • noun a flat floor in a ship

Origin & History of “deck”

Ultimately, deck (both the noun and the verb) is the same word as thatch. The meaning element they share is of a ‘covering over the top’. The noun was borrowed from middle Dutch dec, which meant ‘covering’ in general, and more specifically ‘roof’ and ‘cloak’ (its ultimate source was Germanic *thakjam, source of English thatch). Its modern nautical sense did not develop in English until the early 16th century, and as its antecedents suggest, its original signification was of a covering, perhaps of canvas or tarpaulin, for a boat. only gradually has the perception of it changed from a roof protecting what is beneath to a floor for those walking above. The word’s application to a pack of cards, which dates from the 16th century, perhaps comes from the notion of the cards in a pile being on top of one another like the successive decks of a ship.

The verb deck (16th c.) comes from Middle Dutch dekken ‘cover’.
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