• WordNet 3.6
    • n gangway passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
    • n gangway a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
    • n gangway a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gangway A passage or way into or out of any inclosed place; esp., a temporary way of access formed of planks.
    • Gangway In the English House of Commons, a narrow aisle across the house, below which sit those who do not vote steadly either with the government or with the opposition.
    • Gangway (Naut) That part of the spar deck of a vessel on each side of the booms, from the quarter-deck to the forecastle; -- more properly termed the waist.
    • Gangway (Naut) The opening through the bulwarks of a vessel by which persons enter or leave it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gangway A passage; a temporary passageway to a building while in the course of erection; a way or avenue into or out of any inclosed place, especially a passage into or out of a ship, or from one part of a ship to another.
    • n gangway A passageway between rows of seats or benches; specifically, in the British House of Commons, a passageway across the house dividing it into two parts. Above this passage or gangway sits the Speaker, with the ministry and their supporters on his right, and the leaders of the opposition and their supporters on his left. The members who occupy seats on the other side of the passage are said to sit below the gangway—a position which does not imply separation on similarly strict party lines.
    • n gangway In coal-mining, the main haulage road or level driven on the strike of the coal; any minepassage used for opening breasts, or for the hulage of the coal.
    • n gangway In forestry, the inclined plane up which logs are moved from the water into a sawmill. Also called jack-ladder, log-jack, logway, and slip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gangway gang′wā a passage or way by which to go into or out of any place, esp. a ship: a way between rows of seats, esp. the cross-passage in the House of Commons, about half-way down the House, giving access to the rear-benches. The members 'above the gangway' are the ministers and ex-ministers, with their more immediate supporters.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Gang (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gangweg; cf. gang and way.


In literature:

Captain Keogh, happily asleep, was hauled up the gangway, and we followed.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Looking down the deck, by the gangway light the two boys could see Captain Hollinger and "Liverpool" Peters waiting.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
At length, all being ready, the process of embarkation in the boats began, both gangways being used for this purpose.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
Fritz stepped on to the gangway; and, quickly gaining the vessel, asked one of the deck hands he saw forward where she was going to.
"Fritz and Eric" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Fasten up that gangway, my lads.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
Mannix proceeded in his turn to cross the gangway and was unceremoniously pushed from behind by the elderly gentleman.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Their fat friend, the first lieutenant, received them at the gangway, with his hat in one hand and his sword in the other.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
The stages leading on board had been removed, with the exception of a single plank to the gangway.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
The officers on duty were ranged on either side of the gangway in the usual manner.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
The gentleman, on this, took his daughter in his arms and carried her to the gangway.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
The Captain stepped to the larboard gangway.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Jack was sensible to the compliment: he stood at the gangway, took off his hat, and made them a polite bow.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Bob Cross had told me that he wished to have a little talk with me in the first watch, and I met him on the gangway, our usual rendezvous.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Philip, when he went on deck to keep the middle watch, found the old priest at the gangway waiting for him.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
I jumped down off the gangway as soon as the drummer was called, and hastened down to my quarters.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
He claimed Rattlin as his brother at the gangway, or something of the sort.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Indeed, they did not do so until the last boat had discharged its burden at the gangway.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Hurrying from the shed, with her basket on her arm, she made for the gangway, which had just been placed in position.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the gangway stood a small, broad-hatted man, Morris Blood.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
He called two of the crew and ordered the gangway steps down and the port dinghy cleared and lowered.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day

In poetry:

Pretty dears, your tumult cease;
Love's a fardel, burthening double.
Clear your hearts, and have you peace-
Gangway, girls: I'll show you trouble.
"Prologue To A Saga" by Dorothy Parker
Now we, returning from the vaulted domes
Of our colossal sleep, come home to find
A tall metropolis of catacombs
Erected down the gangways of our mind.
"Doom Of Exiles" by Sylvia Plath
There'll be a wharf, I know, where I am going,
There'll be a gangway for the likes o' me;
There'll be some lofty packet seaward going, —
They'll be fine ships on that eternal sea!
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams
I crossed the gangway in the winter's raining,
Late in the night, when it was dreary dark;
The only sounds the rain's hiss, and the complaining
Of mooring hawsers holding that lean barque.
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams
No crowd at the gangway, no clanging of the bells,
No crying out of women, or shouting of farewells,
Only sound of rising wind through the spars that strains,
And the coughing of the tide in the anchor-chains.
"Liverpool" by Cicely Fox Smith
They saw the cables loosened, they saw the gangways cleared,
They heard the women weeping, they heard the men that cheered;
Far off, far off, the tumult faded and died away,
And all alone the sea-wind came singing up the Bay.
"The Sailing Of The Long-Ships" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

Liberia's President, set for an afternoon cruise, delayed first by boat's late arrival, then gave up idea when gangway jammed on board.
The gangway to a submarine displayed at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan was damaged today after a strong wave caused by a nearby cruise ship rocked it loose, authorities said.
The gangways consist of four glass-enclosed walkways to travel between the terminal building and cruise ships.
Safety bridges, or gangways, provide safe operator access from the loading rack or dock to an elevated walkway during a loading/unloading process.
Michael Richard Smith carries a briefcase and a satchel as he walks up a gangway at a wharf in Boston.
Liberia 's President, set for an afternoon cruise, delayed first by boat's late arrival, then gave up idea when gangway jammed on board.