gang-way

gangway

[n. gang-wey; interj. gang-wey]
noun
1.
a passageway, especially a narrow walkway.
2.
Nautical.
a.
an opening in the railing or bulwark of a ship, as that into which a gangplank fits.
c.
an area of the weather deck of a ship, between the side and a deckhouse.
3.
Railroads.
a.
the space between the cab of a steam locomotive and its tender.
b.
the side entrance of a diesel or electric locomotive.
4.
British.
a.
an aisle in a theater, restaurant, etc.
b.
an aisle in the House of Commons separating the more influential members of the political parties from the younger, less influential members.
c.
a runway in a theater.
5.
a temporary path of planks, as at a building site.
6.
Mining. a main passage or level.
7.
Also called logway. the ramp up which logs are moved into a sawmill.
interjection
8.
clear the way! out of the way!

Origin:
1680–90; gang1 + way; not continuous with Old English gangweg

gangwayed, adjective
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gangway (ˈɡæŋˌweɪ)
 
n
1.  an opening in a ship's side to take a gangplank
2.  another word for gangplank
3.  (Brit) an aisle between rows of seats
4.  chiefly (US) Also called: logway a ramp for logs leading into a sawmill
5.  a main passage in a mine
6.  temporary planks over mud or earth, as on a building site
 
sentence substitute
7.  clear a path!

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gangway
O.E. gangweg "road, passage;" see gang (in its original sense) + way.
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