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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Deck
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  1. To cover; to overspread."To deck with clouds the uncolored sky." [Milton.]
  2. To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.
    synonyms: adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, ornament, beautify.
    " Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency." [Job xl. 10.]"And deck my body in gay ornaments." [Shak.]"The dew with spangles decked the ground." [Dryden.]
  3. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  4. to knock down (a person) with a forceful blow; as, He decked his opponent with a single punch.
    synonyms: coldcock, dump, knock down, floor.

Etymology: D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See Thatch

noun Deck
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  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.
  2. [arch] The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
  3. [Railroad] The roof of a passenger car.
  4. A pack or set of playing cards."The king was slyly fingered from the deck." [Shak.]
  5. A heap or store.(Obs)"Who . . . hath such trinkets Ready in the deck." [Massinger.]
  6. [Aëronautics] A main aëroplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.
  7. the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway.
  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.

Note: ☞ The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one.

Etymology: D. dek. See Deck (v.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various platforms built into a vessel
  2. Street name for a packet of illegal drugs
  3. A porch that resembles the deck on a ship
  4. A pack of 52 playing cards
  5. Knock down with force ("He decked his opponent")
  6. Decorate ("deck the halls with holly")
  7. Be beautiful to look at
Wiktionary

Middle English dekke, from Middle Dutch dec (“roof, covering”). Cognate with German Decke (“covering, blanket”). Also related with English thatch, thack.

  1. Any raised flat surface that can be walked on: a balcony; a porch; a raised patio; a flat rooftop.
  2. (nautical) 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.
    to swab the
  3. (aviation) A main aeroplane surface, especially of a biplane or multiplane.
  4. A pack or set of playing cards.
  5. A set of slides for a presentation.
  6. (obsolete) A heap or store.

From Middle English dekken, from Middle Dutch dekken (“to cover”), from Old Dutch theckon, *thecken, from Proto-Germanic *þakjaną (“to roof; cover”). More at thatch.

    deck was also found in the following language(s): German, Italian, and Luxembourgish

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Deck U.S.
      White 90.60% 64.26%
      African American 3.55% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Deck

    • How Popular is the name Deck? As a last name Deck was the 6,054th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Deck first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Deck is Sunday, February 19th, 1871.
    • How unique is the name Deck? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Deck. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Deck: Your name in reverse order is Kced. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ecdk. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Deck? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,668 people with the last name Deck.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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