gangway

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noun gang·way \ˈgaŋ-ˌwā\

Definition of gangway

  1. 1 :  passageway; especially :  a temporary way of planks

  2. 2a :  either of the sides of the upper deck of a shipb :  the opening by which a ship is boardedc :  gangplank

  3. 3 British :  aisle

  4. 4a :  a cross aisle dividing the front benches from the backbenches in the British House of Commonsb :  an aisle in the British House of Commons that separates government and opposition benches

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

Origin and Etymology of gangway

earlier, “raised walkway on a ship,” apparently from 2gang, in northern and Scots sense “passage” + 1way There is no continuity between this usage, first attested in 1688, and Old English gangweg, attested once.


First Known Use: before 12th century


GANGWAY Defined for English Language Learners

gangway

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noun gang·way \ˈgaŋ-ˌwā\

Definition of gangway for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GANGWAY Defined for Kids

gangway

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noun gang·way \ˈgaŋ-ˌwā\

Definition of gangway for Students

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

  2. 2 :  gangplank



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