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.”
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.
n 1: a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of
sizes and used for many purposes [syn: board]
2: an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
v 1: cover with planks; "The streets were planked" [syn: plank
2: 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" [syn: flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump
down, plunk down, plump]
3: cook and serve on a plank; "Planked vegetable"; "Planked