Adjective "desk" definition and examples

(Desk may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/dɛsk/

Definitions and examples

noun

A piece of furniture with a flat or sloping surface and typically with drawers, at which one can read, write, or do other work.
  1. as modifier 'a desk job'
  2. 'He started grabbing various things and slamming them against walls, bureau drawers, and desks, not caring what he was throwing.'
  3. 'Bloom rummaged in his desk drawer and pulled out a laminated map of the building.'
  4. 'They're worried that they're vulnerable to another attack while officials sit behind desks writing reports.'
  5. 'From one of the drawers in her desk she pulled out a yellowing piece of paper.'
  6. 'With a malevolence smile, she opened her desk drawer and pulled out a piece of parchment and a feather.'
  7. 'You can drop under a sturdy piece of furniture, a desk or table and hold on until the shaking stops.'
  8. 'She sat down on the chair at her desk and pulled a small mirror out of the top desk drawer.'
  9. 'Both are wearing robes, Christopher is watching Lydia as she sits at the desk writing.'
  10. 'She looked ahead and saw Llewellyn sitting at a desk writing something.'
  11. 'I went into the apartment building, there was a young man sitting at a desk, reading some book.'
A counter in a hotel, bank, or airport at which a customer may check in or obtain information.
  1. 'They walked up to the reception desk and were met with a waiter who led them to a small table for two.'
  2. 'Quickly I found the information desk and paused in front of a woman who was working at a computer.'
  3. 'The bank has started personal banking desks at select branches across the country.'
  4. 'She knew that she was now in the lobby, since the main doors were there and there were reception desks.'
  5. 'As I got through the main doors, just to the right of the information desk, I saw this amazing space.'
  6. 'When I got to the hotel lobby it was deserted so I just left my room key behind the reception desk and headed out into the street.'
  7. 'The center area held the information desks and other high-tech kiosks, decked out with intricate marble highlights.'
  8. 'Your finances are in tatters, your blood pressure is rising and the queue for the bank cashiers' desks is never-ending.'
  9. 'She runs the information desk - you would have seen her earlier when you signed in.'
  10. 'They laughed and hurried sheepishly downstairs, leaving the key on the reception desk in the hotel lobby.'
A specified section of a newspaper or broadcasting organization.
  1. 'Rumors from the media market suggest that panic is rife at several editorial desks.'
  2. 'Nine years ago, the Times sports desk asked me to go to Wembley to write about football.'
  3. 'Reuters' global photo desks will move to Singapore, as will its graphics service, currently in Miami.'
A position in an orchestra at which two players share a music stand.
  1. 'It will be fine if you plan to scratch away in the back desk of the second violins of an amateur orchestra.'
  2. 'We could hardly keep our faces straight and some of the musicians at the back desks laughed behind their music wholeheartedly.'
  3. 'When the Los Angeles symphony orchestra tumbled into the red, he reorganized it, filled up its coffers - and for two years played at its first cello desk.'

More definitions

1. an article of furniture having a broad, usually 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. a pulpit.

4. the section of a large organization, as a governmental bureau or newspaper, having authority over and responsibility for particular operations within the organization: city desk; foreign desk.

5. a table or counter, as in a library or office, at wh

More examples(as adjective)

"returns can be desk."

"ons can be desk."

"encyclopaedias can be desk."

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin desca, probably based on Provençal desca ‘basket’ or Italian desco ‘table, butcher's block’, both based on Latin discus (see discus).