gangplank

noun
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 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 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 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 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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gangplank

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

gangplank

noun
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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