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plank

noun \ ˈplaŋk \

Definition of plank

1 a :a heavy thick board; especially :one 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) thick and at least 8 inches (20 centimeters) wide
b :an object made of a plank or planking
d :an exercise in which a prone person balances on the toes and forearms while holding the rest of the body up and off the ground
  • Do two to three sets of these moves two days a week: push-ups (work up to 25) to build chest, shoulder and triceps strength; plank (support your body on your forearms and toes for up to 60 seconds) to build ab and back strength …
  • —Selene Yeager
  • Start with basic moves like sit-ups, planks, and lunges …
  • Oprah Magazine
2 a :an article in the platform of a political party
b :a principal item of a policy or program

Examples of plank in a Sentence

  1. Before the convention, there was debate over the foreign policy and economic planks.

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Origin and Etymology of plank

Middle English, from Anglo-French plaunke, planche, from Latin planca


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plank

verb

Definition of plank

transitive verb
1 :to cover, build, or floor with planks
2 :to set down forcefully usually used with down
3 :to cook and serve on a board
  • planked salmon
  • planked steak

Examples of plank in a Sentence

  1. planked the carton down on the counter and left

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First Known Use of plank

15th century

plank Synonyms

Synonyms
flump, flop, plop, plump, plunk (or plonk)
Related Words
fling, heave, sling, toss; ensconce, install, plant, settle

PLANK Defined for English Language Learners

plank

noun

Definition of plank for English Language Learners

  • : a long, thick board that is used especially in building something

  • : one of the official beliefs and goals of an organization (such as a political party)


PLANK Defined for Kids

plank

noun \ ˈplaŋk \

Definition of plank for Students

:a heavy thick board


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