What does plank mean?
Definitions for plank
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word plank.
a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
plank, plank oververb
cover with planks
"The streets were planked"
plank, flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump down, plunk down, plumpverb
set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
"He planked the money on the table"; "He planked himself into the sofa"
cook and serve on a plank
"Planked vegetable"; "Planked shad"
A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
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.
Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
A stupid person.
To cover something with planking.
To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
Etymology: From planke (compare Old French planche), from planca.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A thick strong board.
Etymology: planche, Fr.
They gazed on their ships, seeing them so great, and consisting of divers planks. George Abbot, Descript. of the World.
The doors of plank were; their close exquisite,
Kept with a double key. George Chapman, Odyssey.
The smoothed plank new rub’d with balm. John Milton.
Some Turkish bows are of that strength, as to pierce a plank of six inches. John Wilkins.
Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light,
And through the yielding planks a passage find. Dryden.
Be warn’d to shun the watry way,
For late I saw adrift disjointed planks,
And empty tombs erected on the banks. Dryden.
To cover or lay with planks.
Etymology: from the noun.
If you do but plank the ground over, it will breed saltpetre. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
A steed of monstrous height appear’d;
The sides were plank’d with pine. Dryden.
a broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See Board
fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer
one of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the national platform
to cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a ship
to lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to plank money in a wager
to harden, as hat bodies, by felting
to splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing
Etymology: [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche, fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. , , anything flat and broad. Cf. Planch.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plangk, n. a long piece of timber, thicker than a board: one of the principles or aims of an associated party.—v.t. to cover with planks.—n. Plank′ing, the act of laying planks: a series of planks: work made up of planks.—Walk the plank, to be compelled to walk along a plank projecting over the ship's edge into the sea. [L. planca, a board; cf. Plain, even.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Thick boards, 18 feet long at least, from 1-1/2 to 4 inches thick, and 9 or 10 inches broad; of less dimensions, it is called board or deal (which see), the latter being 8 or 9 inches wide, by 14 feet long.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plank is ranked #5331 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Plank surname appeared 6,534 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Plank.
95.5% or 6,246 total occurrences were White.
2% or 133 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.1% or 76 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.5% or 35 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.
0.1% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
The numerical value of plank in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of plank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of plank in a Sentence
You almost feel bad for David Perdue. That (he’s) walking off the plank that Donald Trump has put out there for him here in Georgia, we’re going to see a rally show up that’s once again going to confuse Georgians and who knows what Donald Trump’s gonna say.
I would've never been able to get my message out as broadly as I did without Black Twitter, i've become really good friends with Cory Booker, and that was a byproduct of my being able to reach Cory Booker via Black Twitter and have Cory Booker listen to my story. When Cory Booker ran for president( in 2020), Cory Booker included a policy plank in Cory Booker platform that was specific to my story about how my mom shot and killed herself with a gun.
Fiorina used Sherlock Holmes-like tech marketing research at HP, this ear-to-the-ground excising of consumer talking points helps connect her with voters by feeding them what they want, but her reputation as CEO was a disaster – and this will shove her over the Republican plank.
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia:
Do you play on the swing, or has the plank already broken?
We had very little food, and we agreed that we would leave it for the women and children, then they started hitting us. They took the food. They pushed many of us overboard. They beat us and attacked us with knives. I was hit with a wooden plank on the head and on my legs.
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Translations for plank
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- Schwerpunkt, PlankeGerman
- entablar, artículo, tablónSpanish
- lankku, lankuttaa, periaate, loimuttaa, latoaFinnish
- asse, tavolaItalian
- 厚板, 板Japanese
- dēlis, galdsLatvian
- paraki, papa rākauMāori
- [[[ponto]] [[de]] [[contenção]], prancha, tábua, entabuar, entabularPortuguese
- доска, планка, пункт программыRussian
- planka, планка, talpa, fosna, талпа, фоснаSerbo-Croatian
- programpunkt, plankaSwedish
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