plank

A plank is a board or another rectangular piece of wood. When you're building your four-story treehouse, you'll need a lot of planks.

If you've ever watched a movie about pirates, you've heard of "walking the plank," a despicable way to punish captives, forcing them to plunge off the end of a plank (or a "gang plank") into the ocean below. Planks are more commonly used to build houses or hold a fish as it cooks on a grill. Another kind of plank is a political platform, like a candidate's environmental plank, focused on reducing carbon emissions.

Primary Meanings of plank

1.
nv
a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
cover with planks
2.
n
an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
Full Definitions of plank
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n a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes

Synonyms:
board
Types:
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matchboard
a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)
skid
one of a pair of planks used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
strake, wale
thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
chipboard, hardboard
a cheap hard material made from wood chips that are pressed together and bound with synthetic resin
deal
a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
garboard, garboard plank, garboard strake
the first wale laid next to the keel of a wooden ship
gun rest, gunnel, gunwale
wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel
Type of:
lumber, timber
the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material

v cover with planks

“The streets were planked
Synonyms:
plank over
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v cook and serve on a plank

“Planked vegetable”
Planked shad”
Type of:
dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up
provide (usually but not necessarily food)

v set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

“He planked the money on the table”
“He planked himself into the sofa”
Synonyms:
flump, plonk, plop, plump, plump down, plunk, plunk down
Type of:
place down, put down, set down
cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place
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n an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party

Type of:
policy
a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government

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