- 1A long, thin, flat piece of timber, used especially in building and flooring.More example sentences
- As you lay the planks, use a hammer or mallet and a scrap piece of flooring to force the planks tightly together and assure a snug fit.
- Most of the floors are custom-stained Black American walnut 1/2 inch by six-inch planks from Heartland Flooring.
- Use plywood walk boards or wooden planks over the ceiling joists for support.
- 2A fundamental point of a political or other programme: the central plank of the bill is the curb on industrial pollutersMore example sentences
- The SEP's policy to end the war is grounded on the fundamental planks of socialist internationalism.
- He has been crucial to cementing a close alliance with Washington, which has become the central plank of the political and economic strategy of the most powerful sections of the corporate elite.
- In the immediate postwar years he, then Labour foreign minister, was a key figure in the creation of Nato, the central plank of US military strategy during the Cold War.
- 3A physical exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles, in which one performs a press-up and holds the raised position for a set period of time: the session usually include a lot of core work, lunges, planks, and squatsMore example sentences
- When I was a gym member I got an instructor to watch me do a plank because I was having trouble.
- Start by doing the plank on your knees and gradually work your way up.
- I have $1000 riding on my ability to hold a plank for ten minutes on September 15th.
- 4British • informal A stupid person.More example sentences
- Look at the plank that she married!
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- 1Make, provide, or cover with planks: (as adjective planked) the planked wooden stepsMore example sentences
- The walls of the pit would be lined with wooden planks or wattle, and the floor could also be planked.
- The bed had been made, probably just this morning, but pairs of socks already littered the wide planked, wooden floor, along with a braided rug of browns and beiges.
- The curved wood ceiling, shuttered wooden windows and rough planked floors lend it a seaworthy air.
- 2 • informal Put or set (something) down forcefully or abruptly: Ned planked the glasses in front of himMore example sentences
- Old, but not self consciously so, the Horseshoe Bar has a well-worn wooden counter for planking those weary elbows.
- He planked a solid header behind him, but it was just a shade offside and the referee was quick with the decision.
- In 37 minutes, his astute pass left him with just the keeper to beat but the striker contrived to plank his shot against the advancing keeper's legs.
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- (In former times) be forced by pirates to walk blindfold along a plank over the side of a ship to one’s death in the sea.More example sentences
- They walked me over to the deeper end of the pool like pirates making their prisoner walk the plank.
- It's to this land, where boys fly, fairies interfere and pirates walk the plank, that Wendy, played by a newcomer, and her two brothers are drawn.
- I'm always strangely calm before exams - sort of with the dull numbness that comes over the prisoner just before the pirates make him walk the plank.
Middle English: from Old Northern French planke, from late Latin planca 'board', feminine (used as a noun) of plancus 'flat-footed'.