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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gangplank or gangway (ˈɡæŋˌplæŋk)
 
n
nautical a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside
 
gangway or gangway
 
n

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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Example sentences
The pirates managed to hook a ladder over the ship's gangway, and one of them
  began to clamber up the side.
When boarding any modern cruise ship, you will cross the gangway into some sort
  of open atrium.
Then you walk down the gangway into a new adventure.
Wheelchairs and scooters can leave the ship at any port that offers gangway
  access.
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