Pronunciation Noun

plank (plural planks)

  1. A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
  2. A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that issue.
    Germanization was a central plank of German conservative thinking in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  3. Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  4. (British, slang) A stupid person, idiot.
  5. That which supports or upholds.
    • His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Schwerpunkt
  • Portuguese: ponto de contenção
  • Russian: пункт програ́ммы
  • Spanish: artículo
  • French: gainage
  • Russian: пла́нка

plank (planks, present participle planking; past and past participle planked)

  1. (transitive) To cover something with planking.
    to plank a floor or a ship
    • Planked with pine.
  2. (transitive) To bake (fish, etc.) on a piece of cedar lumber.
    • 1998, Richard Gerstell, American Shad in the Susquehanna River Basin (page 147)
      Along the lower river, planked shad dinners (baked and broiled) were highly popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
    to plank money in a wager
  4. (transitive) To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  5. To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
  6. (intransitive) To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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