Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of lumber cut thicker than a board.
  • n. Such pieces of lumber considered as a group; planking.
  • n. A foundation; a support.
  • n. One of the articles of a political platform.
  • transitive v. To furnish or cover with planks: plank a muddy pathway.
  • transitive v. To bake or broil and serve (fish or meat) on a plank: "Boards specially made for planking food have grooves . . . to hold juices” ( Michael Stern).
  • transitive v. To put or set down emphatically or with force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  • n. A stupid person.
  • v. To cover something with planking.
  • v. To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
  • v. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
  • v. To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  • v. To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
  • v. To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See board.
  • n. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer.
  • n. One of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause.
  • transitive v. To cover or lay with planks.
  • transitive v. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
  • transitive v. To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  • transitive v. To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover or lay with planks: as, to plank a floor.
  • To lay or place as on a plank or table: as, he planked down the money.
  • In hat-manuf., to harden by felting. See planking
  • To unite, as slivers of wool, to form roving.
  • To split, as fish, and cook upon a board. See the quotation.
  • n. A piece of timber differing from a board in having greater thickness; also, loosely, a board. See board.
  • n. A slab (of stone).
  • n. In a printing-press, the frame on which the carriage slides.
  • n. In ribbon-weaving, the batten of the Dutch engine-loom or swivel-loom.
  • n. Figuratively, one of the articles or paragraphs formulating distinct principles which form the program or platform of a political or other party (the word platform being taken in a double sense).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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
  • v. cover with planks
  • n. an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
  • v. set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old North French planke, from Late Latin planca, from plancus, flat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman planke, Old Northern French planque (compare French planche, from Old French planche), from Late Latin planca, probably from *palanca (ultimately from Latin phalanga) possibly through the influence of planus. Cf. also the doublet planch, borrowed later from Middle French. (Wiktionary)

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  • "'This morning we have seen a young man take this activity a step further and attempt to plank on a balcony. Unfortunately he has tragically fallen to his death,' Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told reporters.

    The man and another person had been out during the night and were planking in various locations on their way home."

    - Yahoo! News, 15-5-11.

    May 16, 2011

  • "4. In ribbon-weaving, the batten of the Dutch engine-loom or swivel-loom." --CD

    April 18, 2011