from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A piece of lumber cut thicker than a board.
- noun Such pieces of lumber considered as a group; planking.
- noun A foundation; a support.
- noun One of the articles of a political platform.
- transitive verb To furnish or cover with planks.
- transitive verb To bake or broil and serve (fish or meat) on a plank.
- transitive verb To put or set down emphatically or with force.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To cover or lay with planks: as, to
- To lay or place as on a plank or table: as, he planked down the money.
- In hat-manuf., to harden by felting. See
- To unite, as slivers of wool, to form roving.
- To split, as fish, and cook upon a board. See the quotation.
- noun A piece of timber differing from a board in having greater thickness; also, loosely, a board. See
- noun A slab (of stone).
- noun In a printing-press, the frame on which the carriage slides.
- noun In ribbon-weaving, the batten of the Dutch engine-loom or swivel-loom.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See
- noun Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer.
- noun Cant One of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause.
- noun [U.S.] a road surface formed of planks.
- noun 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.
- transitive verb To cover or lay with planks.
- transitive verb Colloq. U.S. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
- transitive verb To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
- transitive verb (Wooden Manuf.) To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
- transitive verb shad split open, fastened to a plank, and roasted before a wood fire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A long, broad and thick piece of
timber, as opposed to a boardwhich is less thick.
- noun A political
issuethat is of concern to a faction or a party of the peopleand the political position that is taken on that issue.
- noun Physical exercise in which one holds a
pushupposition for a measured length of time.
- noun UK, slang A
- verb transitive To cover something with
- verb transitive To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
- verb transitive, colloquial To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
- verb transitive To
harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
- verb To
splicetogether the ends of sliversof wool, for subsequent drawing.
- verb intransitive To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
- verb cook and serve on a plank
- verb cover with planks
- noun an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
- verb set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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