A man cutting a plank of wood with a saw.
- An example of a plank is a 3 x 4 piece of flat wood used to lay a floor.
- An example of plank is the idea of free speech, which is a central plank of the first amendment.
Plank is a flat piece of wood used in building or construction or the foundation of a political party or argument.
- a long, broad, thick board
- planking (sense )
- something that supports or sustains
- any of the articles or principles making up the platform or stated program of a political party
Origin of plankMiddle English planke from Norman French from Old French planche from Late Latin planca, a board, plank from Vulgar Latin palanca from Classical Greek phalangai from phalanx (gen. phalangos): see phalanx
- to cover, lay, or furnish with planks
- to broil and serve (steak, fish, etc.) on a board or wooden platter
- to lay or set (down) with force or emphasis
- to pay: usually with down or out
walk the plank
to walk to one's death blindfolded and manacled off a plank projecting from the side of a ship, as the victims of pirates were sometimes forced to do
- a. A piece of lumber cut thicker than a board.b. Such pieces of lumber considered as a group; planking.
- A foundation; a support.
- One of the articles of a political platform.
transitive verbplanked, plank·ing, planks
- To furnish or cover with planks: plank a muddy pathway.
- To bake or broil and serve (fish or meat) on a plank: “Boards specially made for planking food have grooves … to hold juices” ( Michael Stern )
- To put or set down emphatically or with force.
Origin of plankMiddle English from Old North French planke from Late Latin planca from plancus flat ; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
- 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.
- Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
- (UK, slang) A stupid person.
- That which supports or upholds.
(third-person singular simple present planks, present participle planking, simple past and past participle planked)
- To cover something with planking.
- to plank a floor or a ship
- To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
- (colloquial) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
- to plank money in a wager
- To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
- To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
- (intransitive) To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.