Meaning of “deck” in the English Dictionary

"deck" in British English

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decknoun [ C ]

uk /dek/ us /dek/

deck noun [ C ] (FLOOR)

B2 a flat area for walking on, built across the space between the sides of a boat:

We sat on deck until it was dark.

one of the floors of a bus:

the upper/top deck of the bus

a wooden floor built outside, where people can sit and relax

below decks

on a level of a ship below the main deck:

Our cabin was below decks.

More examples

  • The ship's deck is composed of steel plates.
  • Two helicopters winched the passengers to safety from the deck of the ship.
  • I felt seasick, so I went up on deck for some fresh air.
  • As the wind increased, the deck of the ship began to heave beneath his feet.
  • On a ship the furniture is often bolted to the deck.

deckverb [ T ]

uk /dek/ us /dek/

(Definition of “deck” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deck" in American English

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decknoun [ C ]

us /dek/

deck noun [ C ] (FLOOR)

a wooden floor outside a house, usually with railings (= a low fence) and without a roof:

In summer, we always eat out on the deck – except when it rains.

A ship’s deck is a floor laid between the sides of the ship:

Waves washed over the deck.

deck noun [ C ] (SET OF CARDS)

also pack a set of cards used for playing card games

deckverb [ T ]

us /dek/ slang

deck verb [ T ] (HIT)

to hit someone and cause that person to fall:

A key player was decked three times during yesterday’s basketball game.

(Definition of “deck” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)