deck

\ \ [15] 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 [16] comes from Middle Dutch dekkencover’.
\ \ Cf.DETECT, THATCH, TOGA

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  • Deck — Deck, n. [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. [1913 Webster] Note: The following are the more common… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deck — may refer to: In vehicles: Deck (ship), an outdoor floor of a ship Bus deck, referring to the number of passenger levels on a bus or coach Plane deck, referring to the flight deck or the fuselage In construction: Deck (building), an outdoor floor …   Wikipedia

  • Deck — [dɛk], das; [e]s, s: a) oberstes Stockwerk eines Schiffes: alle Mann an Deck! b) unter dem oberen Abschluss des Schiffsrumpfes liegendes Stockwerk: das Kino befindet sich im unteren Deck. Zus.: Promenadendeck, Sonnendeck, Zwischendeck. * * *… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Deck — bezeichnet: eine Auswahl von Spielkarten in einem Sammelkartenspiel das Brett, auf dem man beim Skateboarden steht das Deck (Schiffbau) eines Schiffes bzw. eines Bootes ein Flugdeck einen Kassettenrekorder (Tapedeck) das Parkdeck, ein Geschoss in …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • deck — deck1 [dek] n. [prob. aphetic < MLowG verdeck (< ver , FOR + decken, to cover: see THATCH), transl. of It coperta, cover] 1. any extended horizontal structure in a ship or boat serving as a floor and structural support, and covering,… …   English World dictionary

  • Deck — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Un deck es un elemento estructural de un jardín que podría denominarse en español como terraza. Un deck es una terraza de madera que puede estar elevada o no, sobre el terreno. Para la instalación de un Deck se… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Deck — (d[e^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decked} (d[e^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Decking}.] [D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See {Thatch}.] 1. To cover; to overspread. [1913 Webster] To deck with clouds the uncolored sky. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deck — DECK, deckuri, s.n. Magnetofon, casetofon etc. fără amplificator de putere. – Din engl. deck. Trimis de dante, 14.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  déck s.n., pl. déckuri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DECK s. n. magnetofon,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Deck — Deck, jeder Fußboden im Schiffskörper, der zur Raumeinteilung und zur Stärkung des Querverbandes des Schiffes dient. Jedes D. besteht aus Deckbalken, die mit den Spanten zusammen das Schiffsgerippe bilden und je nach der Bauart des Schiffes aus… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • deck — [dɛk] n. m. ÉTYM. 1925; angl. deck, même sens, d abord « couverture, revêtement, toit », emprunt au moyen néerlandais dec. ❖ ♦ Mar. (vx). Anglic. Pont (d un bateau). 0 (…) le 8 novembre, quand le Columbia appareille, il est en train d installer… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • deck — ► NOUN 1) a floor of a ship, especially the upper level. 2) a floor or platform, as in a bus or car park. 3) chiefly N. Amer. a pack of cards. 4) a component in sound reproduction equipment, incorporating a player or recorder for discs or tapes.… …   English terms dictionary

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