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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 for plank

Synonyms: Verb

flop, flump, plop, plump, plunk (or plonk)

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Examples of plank in a Sentence


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


planked the carton down on the counter and left

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Utilities often have their hands tied as cheap power is a campaign plank for politicians, and the firms must get major investments and price hikes approved by the state electricity regulator. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Can smart meters re-energise India’s crumbling power distribution companies?," 18 June 2019 Azar proposed the rule in January as a central plank of the administration's effort to lower drug prices, and had proposed implementing the change next year. Yasmeen Abutaleb, Anchorage Daily News, "White House kills key drug pricing rule to eliminate hidden rebates," 11 July 2019 Republicans are seemingly aware that this isn’t a good look for them, as the Democrats have made protecting Americans’ health coverage a central plank in their platform, and used it to rout the GOP in 2018 House races. Michael Hiltzik,, "Trump’s assault on Obamacare was much more damaging than previously thought," 18 June 2019 Some planks of the O’Rourke plan would require massive voter mobilization in their own right. Garrett Haake, NBC News, "O'Rourke unveils voting rights reforms aiming for 35 million new voters by 2024," 5 June 2019 Park’s successor, Moon Jae-in, made chaebol reform a central plank of his election campaign. Heejin Kim,, "Paul Singer Unnerves Korea’s Billionaires Whether He Wins or Loses," 21 Mar. 2019 Then plan to spend the rest of the year in plank position. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 2018 For example, there’s four varieties of cedar plank salmon for $18 and includes two side choices for $18. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Plum Market opens downtown Detroit store on Wednesday," 2 July 2019 The family room has custom two-tone black and cherrywood plank flooring, fireplace with tile surround and recessed lighting. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Island lifestyle in Alameda is a dream come true," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But Straus’ presence was evident through Patrick’s speech, and debates over party rules and platform planks that tied back to the speaker. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Straus’ presence felt at convention despite his absence," 16 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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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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