gang·​way | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā How to pronounce gangway (audio) \

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

Examples of gangway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coffee roaster and beer brewer Vennture, 5519 W. North Ave., will open its draft lines at 11 a.m., and sales of cans start at noon in the gangway between buildings. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 The water zone proposes new floating docks between the two piers, with the floating dock and gangway area totaling 152,800 square feet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Apparitions appear: a mountain climber summiting an icy peak, an aviator manning a primitive flying machine, astronauts striding down a gangway. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 In court, prosecutors said Williams and another gunman emerged from a gangway and opened fire on the group of teens standing on the street, striking five people around 6 p.m. William Lee,, 25 Nov. 2021 Homicide victims this weekend included a 40-year-old man found at about 3:37 p.m. Sunday near the gangway of a residence in the 4th District with several gunshot wounds to the body. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 The victim was traveling south when someone exited a gangway and began shooting in his direction. Deanese Williams-harris,, 11 Dec. 2021 Police said three men were in the gangway shooting at each other when one of the bullets grazed the boy’s hand. Talia Soglin,, 26 Sep. 2021 Two other people also got out of the car and Luster and one of them walked into the gangway toward the two girls. Stephanie Casanova,, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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gang·​way | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌwā How to pronounce gangway (audio) \

Kids Definition of gangway

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

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