• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spike-plank a platform before the mizzen-mast of a vessel, used in Arctic voyages
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spica, an ear of corn.


In literature:

To this framework was spiked, on the inside, a close sheathing of plank.
"Wakulla" by Kirk Munroe
The thick planks were tightly spiked down.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
This done, a sheathing of planking was spiked on over the buttered canvas.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
The planks were fastened to the window casing, which, on one side, was too badly decayed to hold the spikes.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
In a few minutes a platform of planks was laid on either side of a rail where it was spiked to the sleepers which were embedded in the cinders.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
The planking should be of two-inch chestnut, spiked home with 60 penny wire spikes.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
All you've got to do is spike down two-inch planks till it's done, and then clap on some sort of a roof.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
I would not spike a plank for the king, but I'd build a fleet for Allaster if he wanted it.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
The planks are held in place with spikes driven through into the crosspieces.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer

In news:

Mount Vernon's Madi Montgomery (13) and Kylee Plank block a spike attempt by Olentangy Orange's Abby Fordham during Tuesday's match.