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plank

[plangk]
noun
1.
a long, flat piece of timber, thicker than a board.
2.
lumber in such pieces; planking.
3.
something to stand on or to cling to for support.
4.
any one of the stated principles or objectives comprising the political platform of a party campaigning for election: They fought for a plank supporting a nuclear freeze.
verb (used with object)
5.
to lay, cover, or furnish with planks.
6.
to bake or broil and serve (steak, fish, chicken, etc.) on a wooden board.
7.
plunk ( def 2 ).
Idioms
8.
walk the plank,
a.
to be forced, as by pirates, to walk to one's death by stepping off a plank extending from the ship's side over the water.
b.
to relinquish something, as a position, office, etc., under compulsion: We suspect that the new vice-president walked the plank because of a personality clash.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English planke < Old North French < Latin planca board, plank. See planch

plankless, adjective
planklike, adjective
unplanked, adjective
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plank1 (plæŋk)
 
n
1.  a stout length of sawn timber
2.  something that supports or sustains
3.  one of the policies in a political party's programme
4.  walk the plank to be forced by pirates to walk to one's death off the end of a plank jutting out over the water from the side of a ship
5.  slang (Brit) a stupid person; idiot
 
vb
6.  to cover or provide (an area) with planks
7.  to beat (meat) to make it tender
8.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to cook or serve (meat or fish) on a special wooden board
 
[C13: from Old Norman French planke, from Late Latin planca board, from plancus flat-footed; probably related to Greek plax flat surface]

plank2 (plæŋk)
 
vb
(Scot) (tr) to hide; cache
 
[C19: a variant of plant]

planking (ˈplæŋkɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a number of planks
2.  the act of covering or furnishing with planks

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plank
1206, from O.N.Fr. planke (O.Fr. planche) "plank, slab, little wooden bridge," from L.L. planca "broad slab, board," related to phalanga "pole to carry burdens," from Gk. phalange (see phalanx). 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 1822 in Scott.
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Example sentences
Planking salmon gives it a deep, woodsy taste and keeps it moist by protecting it from the flames.
The ferry-boat is made of planking placed on three dugout canoes, and runs on a trolley.
Wood planking was still the practice, on iron frames.
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