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

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Yellow tape blocked off a half-dozen homes on the quiet street as detectives went back and forth between the gangway and backyard of a beige-colored home with a stroller and some folding chairs on the porch. Morgan Greene,, "Shooting at Northwest Side home leaves 2 wounded and 1 dead in apparent suicide, police say," 12 June 2019 Indeed, the Cité has often been likened to a ship, its bridges resembling gangways linking it to the Seine’s banks, its sharp western tip a prow pointing downstream towards the sea. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 The man was standing in the gangway in the 7800 block of South Maryland Avenue when two people walked up and began firing. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Boy, 14, among 9 wounded in shootings since late Wednesday morning," 27 June 2018 Many used more gangways connecting the cabin to the terminal, including separate gangways for the A380’s upper deck. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airports Worried the A380 Was Too Big. Turns Out, That Wasn’t the Problem.," 14 Feb. 2019 In another, the leaders allegedly ordered the killing of a lower-level drug dealer accused of stealing from them, then buried him upside-down in a West Side gangway. Rosemary Sobol,, "Life in prison for Black Souls gang leaders convicted in Cook County's first test of state RICO law," 1 June 2018 The man ran into a gangway and officers chased after him, Alfaro said. Hannah Leone,, "CPD officer shoots dog during West Side footchase," 5 July 2018 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

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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

British : 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


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Kids Definition of gangway

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

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