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desk

 (dĕsk)
n.
1. A piece of furniture typically having a flat top for writing, reading, or using a computer, and often drawers or compartments.
2. A table, counter, or booth at which specified services or functions are performed: an information desk; a reception desk.
3. A department of a large organization in charge of a specified operation: a newspaper's city desk.
4. A lectern.
5. A music stand in an orchestra.

[Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, table, from Old Italian desco, from Latin discus, quoit; see disk.]

desk

(dɛsk)
n
1. (Furniture) a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
2. (Furniture) a service counter or table in a public building, such as a hotel: information desk.
3. (Furniture) a support, lectern, or book rest for the book from which services are read in a church
4. (Journalism & Publishing) the editorial section of a newspaper, etc, responsible for a particular subject: the news desk.
5. (Furniture)
a. a music stand shared by two orchestral players
b. these two players
6. (Furniture) (modifier)
a. made for use at a desk: a desk calendar.
b. done at a desk: a desk job.
[C14: from Medieval Latin desca table, from Latin discus disc, dish]

desk

(dɛsk)

n.
1. an article of furniture having a broad, usu. level, writing surface, as well as drawers or compartments for papers, writing materials, etc.
2. a frame for supporting a book from which the service is read in a church.
3. the section of a large organization, as a newspaper, having responsibility for particular operations: the city desk.
4. a table or counter, as in a library or office, at which a specific job is performed or a service offered: the information desk.
5. a stand used to support sheet music.
6. (in an orchestra) a seat or position assigned by rank (usu. used in combination): a first-desk flutist.
adj.
7. of a size or form suitable for use on a desk: a desk dictionary.
8. done at or based on a desk, as in an office or schoolroom: a desk job.
[1350–1400; Middle English deske < Medieval Latin desca, descus desk, lectern.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartmentsdesk - a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
davenport - a small decorative writing desk
drawer - a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
escritoire, secretaire, writing table, secretary - a desk used for writing
table - a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs; "it was a sturdy table"
writing desk - a desk for writing (usually with a sloping top)

desk

noun table, bureau, work surface, lectern, writing desk, secretaire A large portrait hung behind his desk. see tables and desks
Translations
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työpöytäkirjoituspöytä
bureaubureau des dépêchescomptoirécritoirepupitre
pisaći stol
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skrifborðskrifborî
책상
darba vietapultsrakstāmgaldssols
okencepisalna miza
skrivbordskolbänk
dawati
โต๊ะ
bàn giấy

desk

[desk]
A. N
1. (in office, study etc) → escritorio m, mesa f de trabajo (Scol) → pupitre m; (= bureau) → escritorio m
2. (= section) [of ministry, newspaper] → sección f
3. (Brit) (in airport, hospital) → mostrador m; (in shop, restaurant, for payment) → caja f; (in hotel) → recepción f
B. CPD desk clerk N (US) → recepcionista mf
desk diary Nagenda f de escritorio
desk job Ntrabajo m de oficina
desk lamp Nlámpara f de escritorio
desk pad Nbloc m de notas
desk study Nestudio m sobre el papel

desk

[ˈdɛsk] n
(in office)bureau m
(for pupil)pupitre m
(British) (in shop, restaurant)caisse f
(in hotel, at airport)réception f
(= department) news desk, sports deskdesk-bound [ˈdɛskbaʊnd] adjsédentairedesk clerk n (US)réceptionniste mfdesk diary nagenda m de bureaudesk job ntravail m de bureaudesk lamp nlampe f de bureaudesk pad nbloc-notes m

desk

nSchreibtisch m; (for pupils, master) → Pult nt; (in shop, restaurant) → Kasse f; (in hotel) → Empfang m; (Press) → Ressort nt

desk

:
desk-bound
adjan den Schreibtisch gebunden
desk clerk
n (US) → Empfangschef m, → Empfangsdame f
desk diary
nTischkalender m
desk editor
nLektor(in) m(f), → Manuskriptbearbeiter(in) m(f); (Press) → Ressortchef(in) m(f)

desk

:
desk job
nBürojob m
desk lamp
desk pad

desk

[dɛsk] n (in office) → scrivania (Scol) (in hotel, at airport) → banco (Brit) (in shop, restaurant) → cassa
desk diary → agenda da tavolo
desk job → lavoro d'ufficio
desk lamp → lampada da tavolo

desk

(desk) noun
a piece of furniture, often like a table, for sitting at while writing, reading etc. She kept the pile of letters in a drawer in her desk.

desk

مَكْتَب psací stůl skrivebord Schreibtisch γραφείο escritorio työpöytä bureau pisaći stol scrivania 책상 bureau skrivebord biurko escrivaninha, secretária стол skrivbord โต๊ะ sıra bàn giấy 办公桌

desk

n. enscritorio;
front ___mesa de admisión.
References in classic literature ?
With a snappy "Good-morning, Pitcher," Maxwell dashed at his desk as though he were intending to leap over it, and then plunged into the great heap of letters and telegrams waiting there for him.
Next day Amy was rather late at school, but could not resist the temptation of displaying, with pardonable pride, a moist brown-paper parcel, before she consigned it to the inmost recesses of her desk.
As he sunk to the floor I wheeled around with my back toward the nearest desk, expecting to be overwhelmed by the vengeance of his fellows, but determined to give them as good a battle as the unequal odds would permit before I gave up my life.
Here, finding myself well screened from public view, I broke open the desk with the help of the stone, and began to look over the contents.
There were a couple of long old rickety desks, cut and notched, and inked, and damaged, in every possible way; two or three forms; a detached desk for Squeers; and another for his assistant.
Every day he took a mysterious book out of his desk and absorbed himself in it at times when no classes were reciting.
He searched amongst the papers on his desk and brought out at last a flimsy half-sheet of notepaper which he studied carefully.
Stryver, leaning his arms confidentially on the desk: whereupon, although it was a large double one, there appeared to be not half desk enough for him: "I am going to make an offer of myself in marriage to your agreeable little friend, Miss Manette, Mr.
The individual at the desk rose and departed, closing the door as he went out.
One Sunday morning in the summer as he sat by his desk in the room with a large Bible opened be- fore him, and the sheets of his sermon scattered about, the minister was shocked to see, in the upper room of the house next door, a woman lying in her bed and smoking a cigarette while she read a book.
Unopened letters and unsorted papers lay strewn about the desk.
This difficulty overcome, he took his seat at the desk.