planking

[ plang-king ]
/ ˈplæŋ kɪŋ /

noun

planks collectively, as in a floor.
the act of laying or covering with planks.

Origin of planking

First recorded in 1485–95; plank + -ing1

Definition for planking (2 of 2)

plank

[ plangk ]
/ plæŋk /

noun

a long, flat piece of timber, thicker than a board.
lumber in such pieces; planking.
something to stand on or to cling to for support.
any one of the stated principles or objectives comprising the political platform of a party campaigning for election: They fought for a plank supporting a nuclear freeze.

verb (used with object)

Origin of plank

1275–1325; Middle English planke < Old North French < Latin planca board, plank. See planch
Related formsplank·less, adjectiveplank·like, adjectiveun·planked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for planking (1 of 3)

planking

/ (ˈplæŋkɪŋ) /

noun

a number of planks
the act of covering or furnishing with planks

British Dictionary definitions for planking (2 of 3)

plank

1
/ (plæŋk) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for plank

C13: from Old Norman French planke, from Late Latin planca board, from plancus flat-footed; probably related to Greek plax flat surface

British Dictionary definitions for planking (3 of 3)

plank

2
/ (plæŋk) /

verb

(tr) Scot to hide; cache

Word Origin for plank

C19: a variant of plant
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Word Origin and History for planking

plank


n.

late 13c. (c.1200 as a surname), from Old North French planke, variant of Old French planche "plank, slab, little wooden bridge" (12c.), from Late Latin planca "broad slab, board," probably from Latin plancus "flat, flat-footed," from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta). Technically, timber sawed to measure 2 to 6 inches thick, 9 inches or more wide, and 8 feet or more long. Political sense of "item of a party platform" is U.S. coinage from 1848. To walk the plank, supposedly a pirate punishment, is first attested 1789 and most early references are to slave-traders disposing of excess human cargo in crossing the ocean.

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Idioms and Phrases with planking

plank


see walk the plank.

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