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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The couple held a pose at the ship's railing for the press boys crowding the gangplank with their notebooks and Speed Graphic cameras. Paul Hendrickson, Town & Country, "The Muse of Kilimanjaro," 19 Dec. 2012 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 More Private Properties Formerly outfitted with gangplanks, hammocks and trapeze and a jungle gym by the elder Mr. Mailer, who wished to overcome his fear of heights, the two-story atrium in the main unit is now mostly made up of glass. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Norman Mailer’s Longtime Brooklyn Home Seeks $2.4 Million," 15 May 2018 In the best of circumstances, a pregnancy was a walk down a gangplank. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 That lad with the strange accent descending the gangplank in New York just might be the one who discovers our next Northwest Passage. Rinker Buck, WSJ, "Venturing Into the Great Northwest," 9 Mar. 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 Using the back of a pickup truck as a gangplank, Mr. Ellis helped his mother into the boat, her belongings trussed up in garbage bags. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Saved From Harvey’s Floodwaters, Twice. So How Did She End Up Dead?," 16 Sep. 2017 On the gangplank, locals line up, waiting — some on four-wheelers, some with dogs, some with carts. Megan Bush Moody, Alaska Dispatch News, "Choreographed frenzy: What happens when the ferry arrives in our tiny town," 25 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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English Language Learners Definition of gangplank

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


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Kids Definition of gangplank

: a movable bridge from a ship to the shore

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