I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French plaunke, planche, from Latin planca Date: 13th century 1. a. a heavy thick board; especially one 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) thick and at least 8 inches (20 centimeters) wide b. an object made of a plank or planking c. planking 2. a. an article in the platform of a political party b. a principal item of a policy or program II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to cover, build, or floor with planks 2. to set down forcefully — usually used with down 3. to cook and serve on a board <
planked salmon
planked steak

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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

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  • 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

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