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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
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 Miami famously adapted the turnover chain, while Tulane turned to turnover beads and Kennesaw State even used a turnover plank. Charlotte Carroll,, "Florida State's Turnover Backpack is No More," 20 Aug. 2019 Immediately afterward, Harris struggles to lift himself off the floor of the garage but is kicked several times by Goodwin, then smacked with a wooden plank by Borden and hit by Ramos. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Fourth attacker sentenced in Charlottesville parking garage beating of black man," 27 Aug. 2019 Into this mix were thrown two abnormal individuals, Malini Gaud, who had been elected mayor of Indore on a plank of cleanliness, and Manish Singh, the municipal commissioner. Raghuram Rajan, Quartz India, "How Indians cleaned up one of their dirtiest cities—and have kept it that way," 12 Aug. 2019 Push back up to high-plank and then walk hands back in toward feet and stand up. Rozalynn S. Frazier,, "These Chest Exercises Will Totally Transform Your Upper Body in 21 Days," 9 Aug. 2019 These cues can also be used in plank and downward facing dog. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 ways to avoid back pain during yoga class," 22 July 2019 Just then, as her body appears ready to topple forward, a mechanical appendage uncoils from beneath her dress and stiffens behind her like a wooden plank, steadying her from a fall., "Japanese researchers want to give your grandma a robotic monkey tail," 21 Aug. 2019 The shelves were just four pine planks on metal brackets, but the structure seemed towering to me as a toddler. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Reading Like a Child," 12 Sep. 2019 Plans ranging from one to three bedrooms will have granite counters and subway tile in both the kitchens and bathrooms, stainless-steel appliances, brushed nickel hardware, washed oak vinyl plank flooring, garden tubs and private balconies. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Allied Orion Group to build and manage luxury Katy apartment project," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most memes - from planking to Tide Pods - fizzle fast. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 Players who didn't run the hill, those sitting out Wednesday's practice and some others with previous knee injuries, spent the workout doing abdominal work like planking and crunches in front of the hill. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions observations: The dreaded conditioning hill, Stafford's latest pick," 31 July 2019 He’s been involved in record-setting attempts for planking, rope-skipping and stationary cycling. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "West suburban fitness guru aims to set 2 planking records," 23 June 2018 And the ceiling is planked in random boards that don't even match the walls. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Bill Ingram on Designing a Lake House Bathroom," 3 Oct. 2012 Records also noted that the schooner was built of southern yellow pine planking over white oak frames and was outfitted with a 13-foot-long centerboard that could be raised or lowered as needed to access shallow harbors. National Geographic, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 The other half, after the first few strokes, simply gave up and planked, sinking to the bottom. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Geckos’ new superpower is running on water; now we know how they do it," 6 Dec. 2018 Sip vintages in the cavernous cedar-planked warehouse of The Austin Winery. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 When Aurora native and fitness instructor George Hood got off his platform after breaking two world records for planking Thursday, he was actually relieved to feel pain from head to toe. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "A fitness instructor from Aurora has set 2 world records for planking," 30 June 2018

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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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27 Oct 2019

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“Plank.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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