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(nautical) a plank or timber covering the upper ends of the frames of a wooden vessel
Word Origin
C14 plancher, from Old French planchier, from planche plank, from Latin planca; spelling influenced by plank1, sheer1
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  • Such are the wales, the plank-sheer, the garboard-strakes, and the like.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • As Spike uttered this order, his foot was on the plank-sheer of the bulwarks, in the act of passing to the wharf again.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • As for Spike, he sat down on the plank-sheer where he had stood, and remained there ruminating intently for two or three minutes.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • Her plank-sheer amidships was awash, and the water rolling in a green body from starboard to port and back again.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson

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