“deck the Halls” was written back in the 16th century, when the English language was very different.
deck the table out in red white and blue with poppers, hats and blowers and have bunting all along the street.
Between sixteen thousand and eighteen thousand French and Genoese were killed, either cut down on deck or drowned.
People are snoozing in deck chairs, people are rowing slowly across the lake.
More gunfire, endless yelling, and then, again, the whistles, and once more we all hit the deck in the correct position.
I'll bet he wa'n't sorry when Sadie shows up on deck and waves for us to come on.
Such of the sailors as happened to be on deck shared his feelings.
This number I reported to the first lieutenant, down on deck.
He was already a mile distant from the vessel when Captain Haley came on deck.
A scuttle in the deck of a steamer to admit fuel for the engine.
"covering over part of a ship," mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Middle Low German verdeck (or a related North Sea Germanic word), a nautical word, from ver- "fore" + decken "to cover, put under roof," from Proto-Germanic *thackjam (related to thatch, q.v.).
Sense extended early in English from "covering" to "platform of a ship." "Pack of cards" is 1590s, perhaps because they were stacked like decks of a ship. Deck chair (1884) so called because they were used on ocean liners. Tape deck (1949) is in reference to the flat surface of old reel-to-reel tape recorders.
"adorn" (as in deck the halls), early 15c., from Middle Dutch dekken "to cover," from the same Germanic root as deck (n.). Meaning "to cover" is from 1510s in English. Replaced Old English þeccan. Related: Decked; decking.
"knock down," c.1953, probably from deck (n.) on the notion of laying someone out on the deck. Related: Decked; decking.
To knock someone down, esp with the fist; floor: Remember that guy I decked in the restaurant? (1940s+)