Plank
Plank Plank, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche, fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf. {Planch}.] 1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See {Board}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer. [1913 Webster]

His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

3. One of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the national platform. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

{Plank road}, or {Plank way}, a road surface formed of planks. [U.S.]

{To walk the plank}, to walk along a plank laid across the bulwark of a ship, until one overbalances it and falls into the sea; -- a method of disposing of captives practiced by pirates. [1913 Webster]


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  • Plank — most commonly refers to a split, flat piece of wood, often planed; it is technically distinguished from a sawn board. Plank may also refer to:* The Plank , a noted British comedy film, with no dialogue * The Plank (1979 film) , a remake of the… …   Wikipedia

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  • plank — [plæŋk] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old North French; Origin: planke, from Latin planca, from plancus flat ] 1.) a long narrow piece of wooden board, used especially for making structures to walk on ▪ a long plank of wood ▪ a bridge made of planks 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Plank — Plank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Planked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Planking}.] 1. To cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a ship. Planked with pine. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plank — [plaŋk] n. [ME planke < NormFr < OFr planche < LL planca, a board, plank < VL palanca < Gr phalangai < phalanx (gen. phalangos): see PHALANX] 1. a long, broad, thick board 2. PLANKING (sense 2) 3. something that supports or… …   English World dictionary

  • plank — [ plæŋk ] noun count 1. ) a long narrow piece of wood used for making structures such as floors 2. ) an important aspect of something, on which it is based: the main/central plank of someone s policy/argument/program: Spending cuts remain the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plank — (n.) c.1200, from O.N.Fr. planke (O.Fr. planche) plank, slab, little wooden bridge, from L.L. planca broad slab, board, related to phalanga pole to carry burdens, from Gk. phalange (see PHALANX (Cf. phalanx)). Technically, timber sawed to measure …   Etymology dictionary

  • plank — ► NOUN 1) a long, flat piece of timber, used in flooring. 2) a fundamental part of a political or other programme. ● walk the plank Cf. ↑walk the plank DERIVATIVES planked adjective. ORI …   English terms dictionary

  • plank — *paragraph, verse, article, clause, count …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • plank — hol·o·plank·ton; plank; plank·er; plank·less; plank·ter; plank·tiv·o·rous; plank·tol·o·gy; plank·ton; plank·tont; plank·ways; un·plank; hol·o·plank·ton·ic; plank·ton·ic; plank·ton·ol·o·gy; plank·wise; …   English syllables

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