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Definition of plank

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1a : 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
c : 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
2a : an article in the platform of a political party
b : a principal item of a policy or program


planked; planking; planks

Definition of plank (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of plank in a Sentence

Noun Before the convention, there was debate over the foreign policy and economic planks. Verb planked the carton down on the counter and left
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Try planks on your forearms, and work up building strength in a side plank if possible. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 23 Dec. 2020 Maynard recommends luxury vinyl plank flooring to save money, which runs about $5 a square foot. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 Medina suggests holding a two-minute plank to help refocus the core. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Luxury vinyl plank is also water-resistant and can be used in bathrooms. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 Looking back on it now, there was like a closet that had a toilet in it and a plank that had a kitchen sink. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 12 May 2021 Reforming this clearly unaffordable amount of spending is an essential plank of a supply-side policy mix. Wayne Winegarden, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The initial public offering of Aramco, the world’s most valuable oil company, was a key plank in the crown prince’s plan to transform the Saudi economy and bring foreign investors into the kingdom. WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Biden wants to reverse a key plank of the Republicans' 2017 tax cuts by returning the top marginal income tax rate to 39.6%, up from 37%. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nearby, resident Griselda Alvarado stood shaded from the baking sun outside her bare wood plank home., 26 Mar. 2021 The bodyweight dips will fire up your arms and shoulders; the lateral lunge shift will work your glutes and hamstrings; and the side plank with rotation will work your core. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, 30 Dec. 2020 Bay News 9 reporter Jorja Roman shared a video showing what appeared to be a plastic or metal plank dangling from powerlines overhead. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 16 Dec. 2020 The fun choices that will dictate look—like selecting the type of wood, grain, and plank width for your room—are mostly a matter of personal taste. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, 14 Sep. 2020 The fun choices that will dictate look—like selecting the type of wood, grain, and plank width for your room—are mostly a matter of personal taste. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, 14 Sep. 2020 Until the supply chain catches up with demand, strengthening enthusiasts can still plank for free. Jenni Avins, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2020 Timo advised me to switch to a special, wafer-thin marine-grade plywood and plank the bottom in two layers. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2020 By 1851, San Francisco had finally begun to plank and even cobblestone its streets, and lights appeared on Kearny Street. Gary Kamiya,, 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of plank


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plank


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

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“Plank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plank

: a long, thick board that is used especially in building something
formal : one of the official beliefs and goals of an organization (such as a political party)


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Kids Definition of plank

: a heavy thick board

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