Definitions for: Plank


[n] an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
[n] a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
[v] cook and serve on a plank; "Planked vegetable"; "Planked shad"
[v] cover with planks, as of a wall or a floor; "The streets were planked"
[v] set (something or oneself) down; "He planked the money on the table"; "He planked himself into the sofa"



Webster (1913) Definition: Plank, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche,
fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf.
Planch.]
1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only
in being thicker. See Board.

2. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a
swimmer.

His charity is a better plank than the faith of an
intolerant and bitter-minded bigot. --Southey.

3. One of the separate articles in a declaration of the
principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the
national platform. [Cant]

Plank road, or Plank way, a road surface formed of
planks. [U.S.]

To walk the plank, to walk along a plank laid across the
bulwark of a ship, until one overbalances it and falls
into the sea; -- a method of disposing of captives
practiced by pirates.


Plank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Planked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Planking.]
1. To cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a
ship. ``Planked with pine.'' --Dryden.

2. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash;
as, to plank money in a wager. [Colloq. U.S.]

3. To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.

4. (Wooden Manuf.) To splice together the ends of slivers of
wool, for subsequent drawing.

Planked shad, shad split open, fastened to a plank, and
roasted before a wood fire.

Synonyms: board, flump, plank over, plonk, plop, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down

See Also: chipboard, cover, deal, dish, dish out, dish up, hardboard, knot, knothole, lumber, matchboard, place down, platform, policy, political platform, political program, program, put down, serve, serve up, set down, skid, strake, timber, wale

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