Plank way
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 — 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.:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plank road — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Plank road — A plank road or puncheon is a dirt path or road covered with a series of planks, similar to the wooden sidewalks one would see in a Western movie. Plank roads were wildly popular in the U.S. Northeast and U.S. Midwest in the first half of the… …   Wikipedia

  • plank — 1. noun /plæŋk,pleɪŋk,plæŋk/ a) A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick. b) A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that… …   Wiktionary

  • plank road — A road of a kind no longer in use but familiar in the early days of the country, characterized by the use of planks or slabs of timber as a surface of the traveled portion of the way in marshy sections otherwise impassable …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • To walk the 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Newark Plank Road — The Newark Plank Road was a major 19th century artery between New Jersey s Hudson Waterfront and the burgeoning city of Newark, further inland across the New Jersey Meadows. As its name suggests, a plank road was constructed of wooden planks laid …   Wikipedia

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