Pronunciation: (desk), [key]
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 which a specific job is performed or a service offered: an information desk; reception desk.
6. a stand used to support sheet music; music stand.
7. (in an orchestra) a seat or position assigned by rank (usually used in combination): a first-desk flutist.
1. of or pertaining to a writing desk: a desk drawer.
2. of a size or form suitable for use on a desk: desk dictionary.
3. done at or based on a desk, as in an office or schoolroom: He used to be a traveling salesman, but now he has a desk job.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.