a flat plank or small, movable, bridgelike structure for use by persons boarding or leaving a ship at a pier.

Origin of gangplank

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; gang1 + plank
Also called brow, gangway. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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nautical a portable bridge for boarding and leaving a vessel at dockside
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Word Origin and History for gangplank

1846, American English, from gang + plank. Replacing earlier gang-board.

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