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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 for plank

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 Just make sure to kick the feet back after the hands are set for the plank—otherwise, Bingley says, there will be less gain and more (wrist) pain. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Burpees are a great full-body exercise—but there are other options," 14 Sep. 2020 Now, after a 110-100 loss in Game 4, Houston is walking the plank not just for this season but also quite possibly at the end of the Harden, D’Antoni, Morey contending era. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "December opener unlikely, Raptors-Celtics can’t stand each other, ‘Balkan Boys’ backstory, GM’s rethinking travel: NBA playoffs news and notes," 11 Sep. 2020 Keep your arms straight and step your feet back so your body forms a plank. Kelly Dinardo, Star Tribune, "Fight the 'Quarantine 15' with this guide to sneaky exercising," 11 Sep. 2020 While anti-movement abs exercises can look like traditional abs exercises—as the plank does—many of them play double duty as upper and lower-body exercises, too. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "A Dumbbell Ab Workout With Some Surprising Core-Challenging Moves," 5 Sep. 2020 That key plank of the NBA’s return-to-play plan does not apply in Louisiana because the Smoothie King Center is owned by the state. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "The NBA is back with a plan to increase voter turnout in November election," 28 Aug. 2020 And the Skate Deck Challenge, in which local artists use a blank skateboard plank as their canvas, will be on display at the Urban Art Gallery, the alliance’s space at 116 S. Rio Grande St., in The Gateway. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Urban Arts Fest plans separate events through September to stay safe from COVID-19," 13 Aug. 2020 Further campaign stops are likely to mimic the format, particularly because Biden has made Trump's failure to control the virus the central plank of his argument. USA TODAY, "'It's Trump vs. not-Trump:' After conventions, Biden looks to excite his base while Trump tries to expand his," 1 Sep. 2020 Supporting law enforcement and veterans is a plank of his campaign. Brett Pulley,, "New Swing State Georgia Could Decide Control of the Senate," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Until the supply chain catches up with demand, strengthening enthusiasts can still plank for free. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Why the US can’t stock dumbbells fast enough," 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, "How to Build a Boat," 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,, "The year San Francisco’s mud was so bad, it swallowed up horses," 12 June 2020 As with any planking exercise, this one works your core and shoulders, but the shoulder tap movement and decline significantly increases the challenge to both areas. Dana Santas, CNN, "Step up your strength and balance with this stair workout," 20 May 2020 According to public health officials, following these measures is critical to planking the curve., "We Made You 12 GIFs To Use While You’re Social-Distancing," 30 Mar. 2020 In total, Hood did around 2,100 hours of planking to prepare for the event, according to Guinness World Records. Alicia Lee, CNN, "62-year-old former Marine sets Guinness World Record by holding plank for over 8 hours," 23 Feb. 2020 Instead of using a flat piece of wood for the tabletop, the BCMT Co. team glues planks together, cross-cutting them and then regluing the planks, creating the sort of checkerboard pattern you're used to seeing in butcher block. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How This "Self-Healing" Table Is Made," 8 July 2019 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

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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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18 Sep 2020

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“Plank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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