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Definitions of desk

  1. a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A frame or table for reading or writing upon; a pulpit. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A sloping table for the use of writers or readers: a pulpit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A sloping table; pulpit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A table for writing or study. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A stand for public reading; pulpit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A sloping table for writing on or for reading from; the place from which prayers are read; the pulpit in a church. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To shut up, as in a desk. See Disc and Dish. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A sloping table for writing on; a portable writing-table in the form of a box when shut; the part of a pulpit on which the Bible lies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. To shut up in a desk. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Fixed or movable piece of furniture or box having (often in combination with drawers, seat, &c.) a board usu. sloped serving as rest for writing or reading at; the d., clerical, office, or literary work. Hence deskful n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. [Saxon & Icelandic] A table with a sloping top for reading or writing;—a portable writing case of wood or leather;—part of a pulpit. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. An inclining table for the use of writers or readers. Complete Dictionary

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