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
- 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).
- 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.
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
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)