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 For those travelers who still have trepidation about stepping on the gangway, the cruise line extended its temporary Peace of Mind cancellation policy to guests sailing on cruises booked by April 30 with embarkation dates prior to October 31, 2021. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, "Norwegian Cruise Line Announces SailSAFE Cruises, Calling Vaccines A Game-Changer," 6 Apr. 2021 While another gunman stood in the nearby gangway, prosecutors said the shots that rang out and hit Thomas were allegedly fired by Belfield. Rosemary Sobol,, "South Side man accused in fatal shooting of man who was smoking cannabis with friends in Brainerd in February," 27 Mar. 2021 Her son and her friend were moving a treadmill toward her minivan when three teens emerged from a nearby gangway and opened fire, the affidavit states. Meredith Colias-pete,, "3 Gary teens charged in July shooting death of 16-year-old boy who was helping mother move," 10 Mar. 2021 Last week, the chaplain, armed with shopping bags from Best Buy and Target, climbed the long gangway to the deck of a 558-foot fruit-juice tanker where she was promptly swarmed by a half-dozen eager mariners in fluorescent coveralls. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Covid Turns Chaplains Into Personal Shoppers for Cargo Ship Workers," 9 Mar. 2021 Responding officers found Miller lying facedown near a gangway. Rosemary Sobol,, "Boy, 15, accused of beating 74-year-old man with baseball bat and setting his body on fire," 3 Dec. 2020 Police said the victim was outside when someone emerged from a gangway and opened fire, striking him in the leg. Deanese Williams-harris,, "2 dead, 13 wounded in overnight violence on South, West sides," 7 Nov. 2020 Submersibles have since spotted the gangway door on Titanic’s forward port D deck doors wide open, allowing for the possibility that Nichols and his men managed to open the door before drowning. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Escape a Sinking Ship (Like, Say, the Titanic)," 30 Oct. 2020 Though connected to the waterfront by a wooden gangway and to a nearby shopping mall by an underground tunnel, the sphere appears to bob in the marina like, well, an apple. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Apple’s ‘most ambitious’ new store is a departure from its signature design," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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“Gangway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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


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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