gang·​way | \ˈgaŋ-ˌwā \

Definition of gangway 

1 : passageway especially : a temporary way of planks

2a : either of the sides of the upper deck of a ship

b : the opening by which a ship is boarded

c : gangplank

3 British : aisle

4a : a cross aisle dividing the front benches from the backbenches in the British House of Commons

b : an aisle in the British House of Commons that separates government and opposition benches

5 : a clear passage through a crowd often used as an interjection

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The block where the shooting happened is dominated by three-story apartment buildings with narrow gangways, but there is also a section of single-family homes. Tony Briscoe,, "On way to park, family stunned as 5-year-old girl is wounded by gunfire in front of Albany Park home," 30 Apr. 2018 The other migrants, including young children and women, one of whom reportedly had an injury, were then allowed down the gangway and taken to a center for identification. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 Aid workers awaiting their arrival clapped and cheered as the first migrants walked down the gangway. Renata Brito,, "Boats carrying 630 migrants dock in Spain," 17 June 2018 The boardwalk has two spaces that jut off the main gangway. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's Glades County: Gators to the left, Crocs to the right," 6 May 2018 The company had been floundering, and the digital revolution was barging down the gangway. Sam Walker, WSJ, "One Leader Sent Boeing Into a Hurricane; Landing It Was the Next Guy’s Job," 27 Apr. 2018 Amid those reassurances, many of the 65 or so attendees at Monday night's meeting in Algiers criticized the open space between the terminal's main facility and gangways as potentially vulnerable to crowding and weather. Beau Evans,, "Work on Canal Street ferry terminal expected to begin in September," 20 Feb. 2018 Those same platforms, supplemented by benches, create straight lines when they’re needed (ship’s gangways, train platforms, an Atlantic City boardwalk). Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nathaniel Stampley leads a 'Ragtime' for our time," 1 Feb. 2018 That facility is slated to include bathrooms and ticket boxes, and will stand about 70 feet from two covered gangways leading to a new ferry landing on the Mississippi River bank. Beau Evans,, "Work on Canal Street ferry terminal expected to begin in September," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gangway

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gangway

earlier, "raised walkway on a ship," apparently from gang entry 1, in northern and Scots sense "passage" + way entry 1

Note: There is no continuity between this usage, first attested in 1688, and Old English gangweg, attested once.

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English Language Learners Definition of gangway

: a passage between sections of seats in a theater, airplane, etc.

—used to tell people in a crowd to move aside so that someone can pass through


gang·​way | \ˈgaŋ-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of gangway

1 : a passage into, through, or out of an enclosed space

2 : gangplank

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