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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desknoun

    a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments

Wiktionary

  1. desknoun

    A table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.

    Etymology: From desca, from discus.

  2. desknoun

    A reading table or lectern to support the book from which the liturgical service is read, differing from the pulpit from which the sermon is preached; also (especially in the United States), a pulpit. Hence, used symbolically for the clerical profession.

    Etymology: From desca, from discus.

  3. deskverb

    To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure.

    Etymology: From desca, from discus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desknoun

    a table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath

    Etymology: [OE. deske, the same word as dish, disk. See Dish, and cf. Disk.]

  2. Desknoun

    a reading table or lectern to support the book from which the liturgical service is read, differing from the pulpit from which the sermon is preached; also (esp. in the United States), a pulpit. Hence, used symbolically for "the clerical profession."

    Etymology: [OE. deske, the same word as dish, disk. See Dish, and cf. Disk.]

  3. Deskverb

    to shut up, as in a desk; to treasure

    Etymology: [OE. deske, the same word as dish, disk. See Dish, and cf. Disk.]

Freebase

  1. Desk

    A desk is a generally wooded piece of furniture and a type of useful table often used in a school or office setting for various academic activities such as reading or writing on or using a computer. Desks often have one or more drawers, compartments, or pigeon holes to store office supplies and papers. Unlike a regular table, usually only one side of a desk is suitable to sit on. Not all desks have the form of a table. For instance, an armoire desk is a desk built within a large wardrobe-like cabinet, and a portable desk is light enough to be placed on a person's lap. Since many people lean on a desk while using it, a desk must be sturdy. Desk were first made from wood, but are slowly being converted into harder materials that last longer. A desk is also known as a bureau, counter, davenport, escritoire, lectern, reading stand, rolltop desk, school desk, workspace or writing desk. In Spanish a desk is called escritorio.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desk

    desk, n. a sloping table for the use of writers or readers, often fitted with drawers, &c.: a shut-up writing-box: a pulpit or lectern.—n. Desk′-work, work done at a desk, professional labours of a clerk or author. [M. E. deske—L. discus. It is a variant of dish and disc.]

Editors Contribution

  1. desk

    A type of furniture and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The desk at the office was clean, neat and tidy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'desk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2344

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2139

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desk' in Nouns Frequency: #942

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desk in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of desk in a Sentence

  1. Francisco Lopez-Jiminez:

    There are many ways to stand at work and to be active at work, and many of those things don’t require any special equipment, most buildings have stairs to use, long hallways to walk and people can be creative adapting their desk with simple ways to raise the monitor.

  2. The White House:

    ... while we understand that you intend to veto any joint resolution of disapproval that Congress may send to your desk, it would be entirely inappropriate and divisive for your Administration to vote to lift UN-backed sanctions should Congress reject the final agreement and override a presidential veto to that effect.

  3. Republican Governor Sam Brownback:

    The solution is for the legislature to continue its work, and bring to my desk a balanced budget with sufficient revenues to pay state obligations and do so now, it is past time for the Legislature to act.

  4. Bob Hill:

    We’ve sat in some of the classrooms using our desk with design engineers to see how we can make new adaptations for the ‘ second gen ’ of desk.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    Bipartisan jobs bills will see the light of day and will make it to the president's desk, and he'll have to make decisions about ideology versus creating jobs for the middle class, there's a lot we can get done together if the president puts his famous pen to use signing bills rather than vetoing legislation his liberal allies don't like.

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