gang·​plank | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌplaŋk How to pronounce gangplank (audio) \

Definition of gangplank

: a movable bridge used in boarding or leaving a ship at a pier

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Recent Examples on the Web But the location proved too windy (and perhaps elevated) for unloading human passengers who were to walk across a gangplank, even if the midtown location was more convenient than the airship landing field in Lakehurst. Starre Vartan, Popular Mechanics, "Airships Haven’t Been Able to Get Back Up Off the Ground—Until Now," 31 Mar. 2020 Miners came down the gangplanks hefting three tons of gold from far northwest Canada. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Beyond a polite greeting, I was basically ignored, even by the ginger-haired character in the red swing dress and topknot (Pippi Longstocking with looser locks?) idling by the gangplank. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "On a Baltic Sea cruise, board in Sweden and wake up in Latvia, then reverse," 4 Oct. 2019 The migrants then walked one- by-one down a gangplank to land. Washington Post, "Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff," 20 Aug. 2019 On February 14, 1945, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, his advisors, and United States Envoy William Eddy crossed the gangplank from the USS Murphy to the USS Quincy for the first ever meeting between a Saudi king and a U.S. president. Darren Dochuk, The New Republic, "Men of God and the Genesis of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship," 17 July 2019 Sailors, many of them already desperately ill, stumbled down the gangplank and into the dockyards of Messina. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The brand casually staged a spaceship landing in the museum’s historic courtyard, with the runway resembling a futuristic gangplank. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "11 Trends That Are Going to Be Huge Next Fall," 8 Mar. 2018 In the best of circumstances, a pregnancy was a walk down a gangplank. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of gangplank

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gangplank

gang- (as in gangway) + plank entry 1

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The first known use of gangplank was in 1785

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“Gangplank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gangplank

: a board or other structure that people walk on to get on or off a ship


gang·​plank | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌplaŋk How to pronounce gangplank (audio) \

Kids Definition of gangplank

: a movable bridge from a ship to the shore

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