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gangway

[noun gang-wey; interjection gang-wey] /noun ˈgæŋˌweɪ; interjection ˈgæŋˈweɪ/
noun
1.
a passageway, especially a narrow walkway.
2.
Nautical.
  1. an opening in the railing or bulwark of a ship, as that into which a gangplank fits.
  2. a gangplank.
  3. an area of the weather deck of a ship, between the side and a deckhouse.
  4. accommodation ladder.
3.
Railroads.
  1. the space between the cab of a steam locomotive and its tender.
  2. the side entrance of a diesel or electric locomotive.
4.
British.
  1. an aisle in a theater, restaurant, etc.
  2. an aisle in the House of Commons separating the more influential members of the political parties from the younger, less influential members.
  3. a runway in a theater.
5.
a temporary path of planks, as at a building site.
6.
Mining. a main passage or level.
7.
Also called logway. the ramp up which logs are moved into a sawmill.
interjection
8.
clear the way! out of the way!
Origin of gangway
1680-1690
1680-90; gang1 + way1; not continuous with Old English gangweg
Related forms
gangwayed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gangway
Historical Examples
  • On toward the forecastle, where sat the woman alone by the gangway.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • "Hap yourself well," he had said when they crossed the gangway on to the boat.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • They shook hands, and then the old man went down the gangway.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Juve propelled him towards a gangway: a minute later both were on the boat.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • They were standing in the gangway, waiting to be shewn their seats.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Under their feet they felt the gangway vibrate and withdraw from the land.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • Two Scottish policemen were stationed at the bottom of the gangway.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Taking a step nearer to the gangway, the old parson talked faster.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Harriet moved down the gangway, and compelled Miss Abbott to follow her.

  • And on that he turned, and stalked away down the gangway to the vessel's waist.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for gangway

gangway

/ˈɡæŋˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an opening in a ship's side to take a gangplank
2.
another word for gangplank
3.
(Brit) an aisle between rows of seats
4.
(mainly US) Also called logway. a ramp for logs leading into a sawmill
5.
a main passage in a mine
6.
temporary planks over mud or earth, as on a building site
sentence substitute
7.
clear a path!
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Word Origin and History for gangway
n.

Old English gangweg "road, passage, thoroughfare;" see gang (in its original sense) + way. As a command to clear way, attested by 1912, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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