Plank a muddy pathway.
To plank a floor or a ship.
To plank money in a wager.
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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of plank
- Middle English from Old North French planke from Late Latin planca from plancus flat plāk-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition