plank·​ing ˈplaŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce planking (audio)
: the act or process of covering or fitting with planks
: a quantity of planks

Examples of planking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jones and a team of six would then spend three years reassembling the ship in situ, by fastening the timbers onto the cradle, probably in the same order as the original builders, starting with the keel, adding the planking and then the frames. William Booth, Washington Post, 11 June 2023 Compton’s production, across his own multi-purpose wooden set of planking and boxes, is fleetly staged with minimal fuss and a key death in particular is simply and effectively done. David Benedict, Variety, 9 June 2023 Designer Eric Olsen chose three unique materials—warm planking on the ceiling, different tiles for the island, backsplash, and walls—to ensure every surface brings something new to the table. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 31 May 2023 Nearby, a trio of UCF students sliced snaking tree roots and shoveled soil to reveal Marston matting, or perforated-steel planking used by the U.S. military to create temporary landing strips and runways during World War II. Rick Neale, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2023 All of the planking is bent and fitted by hand—the wood is not steamed or wetted for pliability. Tony Esposito, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2023 The large clocks that adorn each side of the shaft are hidden behind scaffolding, a metal frame with wooden planking that continues to rise. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Feb. 2023 Floor timbers were added to support the hull, and upper planking was added. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 Tall, straight oak trees were favored for keels and planking. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of planking was in the 15th century

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“Planking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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