- Plank is a flat piece of wood used in building or construction or the foundation of a political party or argument.
- 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 definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
plank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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: Middle English, from Old North French planke, from Late Latin planca, from plancus, flat; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
plank - Phrases/Idioms
walk the plank