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

Examples of gangplank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sailors with side arms stood watch by the gangplank, seemingly oblivious to the cold rain lashing their faces. New York Times, 22 May 2021 Sailors with sidearms stood watch by the gangplank, seemingly oblivious to the cold rain lashing their faces., 22 May 2021 The plane stopped, and the gangplank-like stairs plopped down. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Maybe this is the summer to extend that vision past the gangplank, and into the state’s interior. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2021 After shuffling down the gangplank, officials took their temperatures in tents draped with the country’s flag. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2021 From the gangplank of the Slave I, ascending into the skies, Mayfield aims a cycler rifle at a cache of rhydonium and blows the whole refinery sky high. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2020 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, 31 Mar. 2020 Miners came down the gangplanks hefting three tons of gold from far northwest Canada. Smithsonian, 24 Oct. 2019

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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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“Gangplank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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