Definitions

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 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.
  • noun A piece of timber differing from a board in having greater thickness; also, loosely, a board. See board.
  • 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 board.
  • 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 board which is less thick.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  • noun UK, slang A stupid person.
  • verb transitive To cover something with planking.
  • 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 splice together the ends of slivers of 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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old North French planke, from Late Latin planca, from plancus, flat; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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

    April 18, 2011

  • "'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