A complete set of cards; see deck of cards. Also, the unused, concealed portion of a deck of cards.

Also, a level of a ship, particularly the highest one which extends to the edges of the ship, which is partly or entirely uncovered.

A wooden extension to a house or other structure, often left open to the elements. A whole category of furniture exists to decorate it.

Similar to a patio or porch, but less of a room, and often to the rear of a house.

Slang, a cyberpunk's gear, computer, console, equipment.

when used in climbing terms, the ground.

In skateboarding your deck is the first step in purchasing your skateboard. When you go looking for a deck you want to look for the following things:
  • Flex. This is of upmost importance. If you have no flex in your deck the moment you do a complex trick (such as a Kasper) or a grind your going to have two decks.
  • Concave. This is also of upmost importance. Not only does it help you turn and get pop, but it also helps alleviate stress on the deck when doing grinds and complex tricks so it will last longer.
  • Concaved kicks. This helps prolong the life of the board when doing Kaspers and also gives you more pop.
  • 7-ply. Anything less isn't worth it. 7-ply are strong and reliable, anything less snaps too easily.
  • Weight. The lighter it is, the better. If it is too heavy you won't get any pop, so make sure its light (most good 7-ply decks should be lighter than 5-ply).
  • Maple. Make sure the deck is Maple wood. Maple is light, flexible and durable. Accept nothing lest, they are the best wood for skateboards. Don't go for cheapies because they most probably won't have Maple.

If you don't want to go searching, almost all decks made by these brands will have all of the above:
World Industries

deck, n.

Slang for computer program. Started back in the day when computer programs were actual decks of punch cards, but some people still use the term today. (Maybe it makes programmers feel more important to use "elite" lingo.) Some also make the distinction that a deck is a subset of computer programs that contains instructions whose order can be interchanged (for example a set of attributes to initialize an object with).

This is an analysis of the (modern shortboard) skateboard deck.

The modern style of skateboard deck first started to be seen in the late 1980’s. It has a fairly symmetrical shape when viewed from above, like a plank with rounded corners. Skateboard decks are mostly made out of maple plywood, with seven layers being the standard composition. However, recently decks have started to come out with 5,8 and even 9 layers, purporting to have less weight or increased strength and ‘pop’.

To create a deck the individual ply’s are cut to the correct width and then placed in a mould with epoxy glue between the layers. They are ‘cooked’ for around thirty minutes to allow the glue to melt and bind the layers together, much like a snowboard. This gives the skateboard its ‘shape’.

Once they are removed the nose and tail must be shaped and the edges rounded off. In a high quality establishment this shaping will be done by hand, which is probably why they cost so much. After the construction of the deck is complete an artistic design will usually be painted on the bottom and holes drilled through to allow trucks to be attached.

Overview of a deck:

On the bottom of the deck one will usually find some form of design or graphics. This usually shows which company the deck was made by and, if endorsed by a specific rider, the rider it is designed for. When performing modern ‘streetfreestyle slides these graphics are quickly worn away into an incomprehensible blur.

On the top of the deck there will either be a smooth layer of plywood or some griptape. If there is no griptape then it needs some put on it (but that’s another node).

There are various common sizes to skateboard, each of which may be favoured by a different rider. Most skateboards are 30-32 inches in length, but this is not what concerns most users, that is the width.

The widths of decks usually range from 7.25 to 8.25 inches in blocks of 0.25 inches. A narrower deck is usually seen to have less durability, but it will be lighter and easier to spin in the air, making it good for flip tricks. A larger deck will be more stable and durable, but the user will have to put in more effort to make it go where he/she wants it to.

As well as the width, the shape of the board is very important.

Nose/Tail – These are the rounded off ends of the board and where the users back foot will be a lot of the time. The main factors are the shape (pointy/round) and the size. A smaller pointy nose/tail will give better ‘pop’ and angle for flip tricks when used by a proficient rider. A larger rounded nose/tail gives more margin for error, especially if the user has big feet. Most noses/tails are very slightly concaved, allowing the users feet a better fit or ‘feel’ of the board.

Concave – This is the one that everybody’s interested in. The concave runs along the middle part of the deck in between the nose and tail. Concave gives the users feet a better grip on the board and helps when performing spinning aerial manoeuvres. Strangely, when doing flip tricks it is regarded as better to have a slight or ‘mellow’ concave. The concave also affects the stiffness of the deck, as a flatter concave will allow more flex, but have less strength.

In the end, deck choice comes down to what feels good to the user, regardless of what is generally accepted. It pays to try out many different shapes and sizes until one is found that feels perfect.

Note: I ride an 8” board with a huge nose/tail and it feels good!

Deck (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decking.] [D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See Thatch.]


To cover; to overspread.

To deck with clouds the uncolored sky.


To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.

Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.
Job xl. 10.

And deck my body in gay ornaments.

The dew with spangles decked the ground.


To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.


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Deck, n. [D. dek. See Deck, v.]


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.

⇒ The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one.

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.

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.


A pack or set of playing cards.

The king was slyly fingered from the deck.


A heap or store. [Obs.]

Who . . . hath such trinkets
Ready in the deck.

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.


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Deck, n. (Aëronautics)

A main aëroplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.


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