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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a plank of wood (=a long thin flat piece)
▪ The shed was constructed from some old planks of wood.
(as) thick as two short planks (=very stupid)
▪ Another central plank in this revisionist argument was that there was no such thing as the popular will.
▪ Cracking down on illegal immigration was a central campaign plank.
▪ The central plank of the new policy was rural development.
▪ Wilson had made National Self-Determination the central plank of his 1916 election campaign for a second term in office.
▪ The plan was the central plank of the Government's strategy to save 18,500 post offices around Britain.
▪ The main plank of a campaign he hopes will overturn the Conservative's slender 1,400 majority in the seat.
▪ Unionists did though make war service a main plank of their electioneering whenever they had the chance.
▪ One of the main planks of the anti-airfield platform was, as usual, aircraft noise.
▪ Two surveys whose findings are published today show that many voters are unsure about some main planks of Government policy.
▪ These form the major planks in our future strategy.
▪ But the major plank of the defence was provided by the remarkable lady journalist Suzanne Cronjé.
▪ Between them the two major planks of the strategy had yielded £5,264,500.
▪ The whole initiative is a major plank in a beefy relaunch of Picture Lions, timed for May.
▪ Pete Wilson is a naif who had no idea anybody would care what he had to say about the Republican anti-abortion plank?
▪ Facing him across the bleached wooden plank, Melissa became aware of an extraordinary change in his manner.
▪ The water was above his ankles, flowing over the wooden plank he slept on.
▪ Stripped or new brick makes a good kitchen background, so does tongue-and-groove wood panelling or panelling of wide wooden planks.
▪ But the ceiling is made of rough wooden planks and the floor of mud.
▪ There were wooden planks beneath them which seemed to lie against their bones.
▪ Presently he was there, he had arrived at the wooden planks and the criss-crossed supports of the bridge.
▪ A stevedore negligently dropped a wooden plank into the hold of the ship.
▪ I revived as I felt myself go hurtling through the air and crashed down on to the wooden planks of the scaffold.
▪ The surviving floors, though, were of clay, which might imply that there had once been plank floors above them.
▪ It was almost entirely filled by its sole piece of furniture-a straw mattress raised above the plank floor on a platform.
▪ Mushrooms bounced about the plank floor.
▪ Alternatively the cleanliness of the pit base has been viewed as an indication that the pit had plank floors at ground level.
▪ Some certainly did have plank floors in the pit base.
▪ The chambers of the pit were lined with stones with a plank floor and plank sides.
▪ The convention could include a battle over whether to retain the platform plank calling for a constitutional ban on abortion.
▪ But the ceiling is made of rough wooden planks and the floor of mud.
▪ She took off her muff and laid it down on the rough table made of planks and bricks.
▪ She climbed up on to the rickety driving platform, which had been made by tying a plank across the cab.
▪ At the foot of the steps is a shack made of bamboo and planks of wood.
▪ Both are completely geared to novices, with plenty of other distractions if walking the plank doesn't suit.
▪ Keel-hauling, walking the plank, that sort of thing.
▪ The survivors had to jump from their sinking ship or walk on wobbling planks in order to be taken aboard.
▪ The signal was for Mr Amato, 61, to walk the plank.
▪ I'd like to make him walk his rotten plank.
walk the plank
▪ Both are completely geared to novices, with plenty of other distractions if walking the plank doesn't suit.
▪ Keel-hauling, walking the plank, that sort of thing.
▪ The signal was for Mr Amato, 61, to walk the plank.
▪ Cracking down on illegal immigration was one of the state Republicans' major campaign planks.
▪ Another central plank in this revisionist argument was that there was no such thing as the popular will.
▪ Dole and Kemp both oppose abortion, and the new Republican platform retains a strong anti-abortion plank.
▪ Even so, much activity can be encouraged with improvised equipment such as planks, boxes, tyres and barrels.
▪ Facing him across the bleached wooden plank, Melissa became aware of an extraordinary change in his manner.
▪ Four fingers were thrust, gripping, through a gap between the planks of the door.
▪ That plank also opposes the use of public funds for abortion and organizations that advocate abortion.
▪ The Kansas senator indicated a willingness to make minor changes in the anti-abortion plank in the Republican platform.
▪ Thus far, only two relatively minor planks of the 10-point House-initiated legislative agenda have become law.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.''

  2. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to plank money in a wager. [Colloq. U.S.]

  3. To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.

  4. (Wooden Manuf.) To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.

    Planked shad, shad split open, fastened to a plank, and roasted before a wood fire.


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.

  2. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer.

    His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.

  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]

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c. (c.1200 as a surname), from Old North French planke, variant of Old French planche "plank, slab, little wooden bridge" (12c.), from Late Latin planca "broad slab, board," probably from Latin plancus "flat, flat-footed," from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta). Technically, timber sawed to measure 2 to 6 inches thick, 9 inches or more wide, and 8 feet or more long. Political sense of "item of a party platform" is U.S. coinage from 1848. To walk the plank, supposedly a pirate punishment, is first attested 1789 and most early references are to slave-traders disposing of excess human cargo in crossing the ocean.


n. 1 A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick. 2 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 issue. 3 Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time. 4 (context British slang English) A stupid person, idiot. 5 That which supports or upholds. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cover something with planking. 2 (context transitive English) To bake (fish, etc.) on a piece of cedar lumber. 3 (context transitive colloquial English) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash. 4 (context transitive English) To harden, as hat body, by felting. 5 To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing. 6 (context intransitive English) To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.

  1. n. a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes [syn: board]

  2. an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party

  1. v. cover with planks; "The streets were planked" [syn: plank over]

  2. set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise; "He planked the money on the table"; "He planked himself into the sofa" [syn: flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump down, plunk down, plump]

  3. cook and serve on a plank; "Planked vegetable"; "Planked shad"


Plank may refer to:

  • Plank (wood)
  • Plank (exercise), an isometric exercise for the abdominal muscles
  • Plank, Kentucky
  • The Plank (1967 film), a British comedy film with no dialogue
  • The Plank (1979 film), a remake of the 1967 film
  • Plank, an item of a party platform in United States politics
  • Plank, a character in Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Plank or Peter Clements, guitar tech for Radiohead
Plank (wood)

A plank is timber that is flat, elongated, and rectangular with parallel faces that are higher and longer than wide. Used primarily in carpentry, planks are critical in the construction of ships, houses, bridges, and many other structures. Planks also serve as supports to form shelves and tables.

Usually made from sawed timber, planks are usually more than thick, and are generally wider than . In the United States, planks can be any length and are generally a minimum of deep by wide, but planks that are by and by are more commonly stocked by lumber retailers. Planks are often used as a work surface on elevated scaffolding, and need to be wide enough to provide strength without breaking when walked on. The wood is categorized as a board if its width is less than , and its thickness is less than .

A plank used in a building as a horizontal supporting member that runs between foundations, walls, or beams to support a ceiling or floor is called a joist.

The plank was the basis of maritime transport: wood floats on water, and abundant forests meant wooden logs could be easily obtained and processed, making planks the primary material in ship building. However, since the 20th century, wood has largely been supplanted in ship construction by iron and steel, to decrease cost and improve durability.

Plank (exercise)

The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a position similar to a push-up for the maximum possible time.

Usage examples of "plank".

Yet you, a wretched sleeper, with only a thin plank of wood between you and the affray, hear nothing, absolutely nothing.

The five men walked together towards the motor-barge, while the tall blond bargee set out to meet them along the plank that connected it with the bank.

When he is half dead with the beating, they lay him down on his plank bedstead and cover him over with his pelisse.

When he had been well beaten they would wrap him up in his pelisse, and throw him upon his plank bedstead, leaving him to digest his drink.

The officer on duty took him to the civil prison and pointed out the place where his plank bedstead would stand.

His plan of salvation was so narrow, that, like a plank in a tempestuous sea, it could avail no sinner but himself, who bestrode it triumphantly, and hurled anathemas against the wretches whom he saw struggling with the billows of eternal death.

Even so, one of the mares had panicked and kicked a hole in the planking not far above the water line and the entire crew, mac Calma included, had been called to put their backs into baling to keep the merchantman afloat for the last leagues of the journey.

On these a number of loose planks were placed, and on the planks lay the bodies of the metif woman and her child.

Deck planks buckled and split around the midmast as it swelled in its narrow socket.

It was home-made, of course, but running my hand curiously over the rough, sun-worn surface of the wood, I found each morticed joint as tight as any boatyard could have made them, the planking copper-fastened and neatly stopped below the paint.

It was only as he was setting foot upon the plank and beginning gingerly to pick his way across it, that we discerned the outlines of the familiar form, and realised the dreadful truth that the stranger whom we had taken for the advance guard of our enemy was in truth none other than Vicar Pinfold, and that it was the rhythmic pat of his stick which we heard mingling with his footfalls.

She was wordlessly grateful that the foredeck was planked with wizardwood.

Now, the cracked stone planters were planked over as tables, or else spell-sealed as vault space to preserve rare scrolls on arcane practice.

Talith raised the mud-splashed hem of her habit and mounted the gritty, planked steps to the hall.

The wagons were lightened, the food, the tents, the supplies drawn across on strung ropes, then the carts laboriously lashed together and planked over as makeshift bridges.