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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 names of the decks of vessels having more than one. [1913 Webster]

{Berth deck} (Navy), a deck next below the gun deck, where the hammocks of the crew are swung.

{Boiler deck} (River Steamers), the deck on which the boilers are placed.

{Flush deck}, any continuous, unbroken deck from stem to stern.

{Gun deck} (Navy), a deck below the spar deck, on which the ship's guns are carried. If there are two gun decks, the upper one is called the main deck, the lower, the lower gun deck; if there are three, one is called the middle gun deck.

{Half-deck}, that portion of the deck next below the spar deck which is between the mainmast and the cabin.

{Hurricane deck} (River Steamers, etc.), the upper deck, usually a light deck, erected above the frame of the hull.

{Orlop deck}, the deck or part of a deck where the cables are stowed, usually below the water line.

{Poop deck}, the deck forming the roof of a poop or poop cabin, built on the upper deck and extending from the mizzenmast aft.

{Quarter-deck}, the part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one.

{Spar deck}. (a) Same as the upper deck. (b) Sometimes a light deck fitted over the upper deck.

{Upper deck}, the highest deck of the hull, extending from stem to stern. [1913 Webster]

2. (arch.) The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroad) The roof of a passenger car. [1913 Webster]

4. A pack or set of playing cards. [1913 Webster]

The king was slyly fingered from the deck. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. A heap or store. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Who . . . hath such trinkets Ready in the deck. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

6. (A["e]ronautics) A main a["e]roplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway. [PJC]

8. a flat platform adjacent to a house, usually without a roof; -- it is typically used for relaxing out of doors, outdoor cooking, or entertaining guests. [PJC]

{Between decks}. See under {Between}.

{Deck bridge} (Railroad Engineering), a bridge which carries the track upon the upper chords; -- distinguished from a through bridge, which carries the track upon the lower chords, between the girders.

{Deck curb} (Arch.), a curb supporting a deck in roof construction.

{Deck floor} (Arch.), a floor which serves also as a roof, as of a belfry or balcony.

{Deck hand}, a sailor hired to help on the vessel's deck, but not expected to go aloft.

{Deck molding} (Arch.), the molded finish of the edge of a deck, making the junction with the lower slope of the roof.

{Deck roof} (Arch.), a nearly flat roof which is not surmounted by parapet walls.

{Deck transom} (Shipbuilding), the transom into which the deck is framed.

{To clear the decks} (Naut.), to remove every unnecessary incumbrance in preparation for battle; to prepare for action.

{To sweep the deck} (Card Playing), to clear off all the stakes on the table by winning them. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Gun deck — Gun Gun (g[u^]n), n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir., Gael., & LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L. canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.] 1. A weapon which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gun deck — The term gun deck originally referred to a deck aboard a ship that was primarily used for the mounting of cannon to be fired in broadsides. However, on many smaller vessels such as frigates and unrated vessels the upper deck, forecastle and… …   Wikipedia

  • gun deck — noun formerly any deck other than the weather deck having cannons from end to end • Hypernyms: ↑deck * * * noun Etymology: gun (I) + deck : a deck (as the first deck below the weather deck) on old time warships carrying the ship s guns * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gun deck — (formerly, on a warship) any deck, other than the weather deck, having cannons from end to end. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • gun deck — noun a deck on a ship on which guns are placed. ↘historical the lowest such deck on a ship of the line …   English new terms dictionary

  • gun deck — area on a ship where cannons are kept …   English contemporary dictionary

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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

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  • Deck curb — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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