- a piece of furniture equipped with drawers, compartments, etc., and a flat or sloping top for writing, drawing, or reading
- a lectern
- the post of a clerk, official, etc. in a department or office
- the place in a hotel where guests are registered, mail is picked up, etc.
- a division of a newspaper or other office, carrying out some specialized function: the city desk; the trading desk
- a musician's stand in an orchestra
Origin of deskMiddle English deske from Medieval Latin desca, a table, ultimately from Classical Latin discus: see discus
- of, for, or on a desk
- done at a desk: a desk job
- A piece of furniture typically having a flat top for writing, reading, or using a computer, and often drawers or compartments.
- A table, counter, or booth at which specified services or functions are performed: an information desk; a reception desk.
- A department of a large organization in charge of a specified operation: a newspaper's city desk.
- A lectern.
- A music stand in an orchestra.
Origin of deskMiddle English deske from Medieval Latin desca table from Old Italian desco from Latin discus quoit ; see disk.
- A table, frame, or case, usually with sloping top, but often with flat top, for the use of writers and readers. It often has a drawer or repository underneath.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present desks, present participle desking, simple past and past participle desked)
- To shut up, as in a desk; to treasure.
desk - Investment & Finance Definition
A short way of saying trading desk. The term is used across all financial and commodities markets. A trading desk is the department that is responsible for executing securities transactions.