Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A board or plank used as a temporary footbridge between a ship and a dockside or any gap such as scaffolding.
  • n. A board or plank placed within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist for lookouts to walk or stand on.
  • n. The boards ending the hammock-nettings at either side of the entrance from the accommodation-ladder to the deck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist, for the sentinel to walk on.
  • n. a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A board or plank with cleats for steps, used for passing into or out of a ship or boat. Also called gang-plank.
  • n. A plank placed within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist for sentinels to walk or stand on.
  • n. The boards ending the hammock-nettings at either side of the entrance from the accommodation-ladder to the deck.

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

  • n. a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside

Etymologies

From gang (“way, path, course of travel”) +‎ board (“plank”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He walked back across the gangboard to the quay and the waiting stranger.

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  • As Quirk walked back across the gangboard, he stirred and sat up.

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  • McBride stood at his customary station next to the tiller, watching over the boat, one eye always on the short gangboard that crossed to the quay.

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  • SANTAYANA Tunan WERE three yellow "Critical" signals lit on the long gangboard when Helmuth passed through the gang deck on the, way back to duty.

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  • But the sad eyed Thorgils paid no heed to the question, but only crept nearer to the end of the gangboard, and stood there earnestly watching.

    Olaf the Glorious A Story of the Viking Age

  • In a very few minutes the bow of the boat was run up on the beach, the gangboard put out, and then the officer stepped ashore.

    The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols

  • Our vessel ran its nose boldly into the shore; a wide gangboard was thrown to the foot of the shoot, making a complete connection with our lower deck, where the busy hands had already constructed a species of barricade of cotton-bales to receive the shock of their coming brother bale.

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