[noun gang-wey; interjection gang-wey]
- a passageway, especially a narrow walkway.
- the space between the cab of a steam locomotive and its tender.
- the side entrance of a diesel or electric locomotive.
- an aisle in a theater, restaurant, etc.
- an aisle in the House of Commons separating the more influential members of the political parties from the younger, less influential members.
- a runway in a theater.
- a temporary path of planks, as at a building site.
- Mining. a main passage or level.
- Also called logway. the ramp up which logs are moved into a sawmill.
- clear the way! out of the way!
Origin of gangway
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Examples from the Web for gangway
On toward the forecastle, where sat the woman alone by the gangway.Poems
William D. Howells
They shook hands, and then the old man went down the gangway.
"Hap yourself well," he had said when they crossed the gangway on to the boat.
Juve propelled him towards a gangway: a minute later both were on the boat.A Nest of Spies
They were standing in the gangway, waiting to be shewn their seats.The Education of Eric Lane
- an opening in a ship's side to take a gangplank
- another word for gangplank
- British an aisle between rows of seats
- Also called: logway mainly US a ramp for logs leading into a sawmill
- a main passage in a mine
- temporary planks over mud or earth, as on a building site
- clear a path!
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Word Origin and History for gangway
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