plank

Definitions

  • Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
    Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plank cook and serve on a plank "Planked vegetable","Planked shad"
    • v plank cover with planks "The streets were planked"
    • v plank set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise "He planked the money on the table","He planked himself into the sofa"
    • n plank an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
    • n plank a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

I proceeded to disembark, a-follered by the forms of my Josiah and Miss Plank I proceeded to disembark, a-follered by the forms of my Josiah and Miss Plank
Mr. Bolster led Miss Plank to the altar Mr. Bolster led Miss Plank to the altar
DeQuoco harpsichord: 17. Inscription on wrest plank DeQuoco harpsichord: 17. Inscription on wrest plank

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.
    • Plank A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See Board.
    • Plank Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer. "His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot."
    • Plank One of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the national platform.
    • Plank To cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a ship. "Planked with pine."
    • Plank To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
    • Plank To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to plank money in a wager.
    • Plank (Wooden Manuf) To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plank A piece of timber differing from a board in having greater thickness; also, loosely, a board. See board.
    • n plank A slab (of stone).
    • n plank In a printing-press, the frame on which the carriage slides.
    • n plank In ribbon-weaving, the batten of the Dutch engine-loom or swivel-loom.
    • n plank Figuratively, one of the articles or paragraphs formulating distinct principles which form the program or platform of a political or other party (the word platform being taken in a double sense).
    • plank To cover or lay with planks: as, to plank a floor.
    • plank To lay or place as on a plank or table: as, he planked down the money.
    • plank In hat-manuf., to harden by felting. See planking
    • plank To unite, as slivers of wool, to form roving.
    • plank To split, as fish, and cook upon a board. See the quotation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plank plangk a long piece of timber, thicker than a board: one of the principles or aims of an associated party
    • v.t Plank to cover with planks
    • ***

Idioms

Walk the plank - If someone walks the plank, they are going toward their own destruction or downfall
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche, fr. L. planca,; cf. Gr. , , anything flat and broad. Cf. Planch

Usage

In literature:

This apparatus consisted of a plank supported by two logs which stood upright in the centre of the circus.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Marse Robert and his fambly lived in a log and plank house with a rock chimbly.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
My school house was a claim shanty reached by a plank from the other side of the creek.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Cadogan set the end of his plank against the man's chest, walked straight ahead, and stepped over the man's body.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
A moment afterward the children saw him going down the plank to the pier.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
The rotting planks of the boat could not stand such a blow.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
The Money Plank in the Platform.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Pretty soon Mr. George saw two other ladies coming, with their husbands, over the plank.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
We had plank houses, but we ain't had much food an' clothes.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Even when first seen, the line by which she had been hurriedly and imperfectly secured to the plank I observed was loosened.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
For that a solid plank was required, and they had no saw.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
They now served as chairs on either side of his plank table.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
The seats of painted pine had been covered with planks, and a sick man lay above every pew.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The hull was not a log, shaped and dug out, but regularly constructed, with timbers and planking.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Have a well-seasoned plank about 2 ft. long and 1-1/2 wide, hickory is the best wood.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
He looked fully capable of ripping a plank out of the boat; and such seemed his purpose.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
So completely preserved are they, that they are frequently sawn up into planks.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
His front paws hooked over the top plank, and he pulled himself up, remained balanced another moment, then jumped into the yard.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
They gave them the bastinado, tied them to a plank, and, by his order, threw them into the sea.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
There was a plank-bridge here twenty feet long.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
***

In poetry:

And Erin’s a bark
O’er the wide waters driven!
And the tempest howls dark,
And her side planks are riven!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
Or seamen aghast
When their planks gape asunder,
And the waves fierce and fast
Tumble through in hoarse thunder;
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
For straight a farmer brought a plank,—
(Mysteriously inspired)—
And laying it unto the ship,
In silent awe retired.
"The Aged Pilot Man" by Mark Twain
For action all thine iron clanks
In cravings for a splendid prize;
Again to race or bump thy planks
With any flag that flies.
"The Last Contention" by George Meredith
``My flesh hath long since ceased to creep,
Although the hairshirt pricketh oft.
A plank my couch; withal, I sleep
Soundly as he that lieth soft.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Against the planks of the cabin side,
(So slight a thing between them and me,)
The great waves thundered and throbbed and sighed,
The great green waves of the Indian sea!
"Sea Song" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Just as soon as I learned how to " plank ", it becomes outdated.
Howard and Arenas documented their best planks , with surfaces including a vending machine and luxury cars, on Twitter.
And, yes, planking is better when done by super-tall basketball players.
Helen Golden decides to plank the ship located near the dolphin tank.
Definately one of my better planks .
Wendy Golden decided she'd try planking the canoe.
We here at Mix 108 feel the need to sniff out the current internet craze that relates to planking .
The popular "Borderlands 2" video game is walking the plank.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The popular "Borderlands 2" video game is walking the plank.
Now let's bring extremely pointy boots to New Mexico and combine it with planking.
It's a warm and bright spring day in the swampy southeastern Virginia town of Wakefield, site of the annual Virginia political fest known as Shad Planking.
But I brought the plank and hammer and nails from the basement and held the listing wooden doors while a police officer hammered in the nails.
In this photo provided by Eagle Rock Boat Repair, Ryan and Dan Farsovitch install a plank in Kodiak,Alaska, April 29, 2011.
Watch Plank Arm Row and Rotate in the Fitness Magazine Video.
In Sagamore Farm, Kevin Plank has a long shot with pedigree.
***

In science:

It is estimated theoretically that the maximum possible order of magnitude for QMV parameters α , |β | , or γ is O(E 2/mP l ), which in K 0 ¯K 0 system is ∼ 10−19GeV , where E is a typical energy scale in the system under discussion, and MP l is the Plank energy scale.
Testing Quantum Mechanics in Nuetrino Oscillation
While a couple of individual measurements would prefer the Higgs to have been found some time ago, the general trend can accomodate a Higgs mass such that there is no need for new physics to the Plank scale.
Experimental Tests of the Standard Model
Biermann, Max-Plank-Institute f¨ur Radioastronomie, preprint No.
From 3K to $10^{20}$eV
Plank scale ,though it is simply connected and smooth at large scale.
Bubbles created from vacuum fluctuation
For this purpose it is enough to think of the harmonic oscillator frequency incoming in the potential as a function of Plank’s constant variable, with subsequent its expansion in an ¯h-series 29 .
A recursion technique for deriving renormalized perturbation expansions for one-dimensional anharmonic oscillator
Bν (T ) the Plank function for blackbody radiation, and κν the monochromatic opacity given by the model in the following subsection (§2.4).
Structure and Instabilities of an Irradiated Viscous Protoplanetary Disk
Plank’s constant variable, with subsequent its expansion in an ¯h-series.
Perturbation theory for sextic doubly anharmonic oscillator
Significant improvement of existing limits is also expected for models with large extra dimensions. Effective Plank mass scales up to about 5.4 TeV can be probed.
Leptoquarks and Contact Interactions at LeHC
In the 1930’s, Tarski introduced his plank problem at a time when the field Discrete Geometry was about to born.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
It is quite remarkable that Tarski’s question and its variants continue to generate interest in the geometric and analytic aspects of coverings by planks in the present time as well.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
Tarski’s plank problem has generated a great interest in understanding the geometry of coverings by planks.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
There have been a good number of results published in connection with the plank problem of Tarski that are surveyed in this paper.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
Blaschke-Lebesgue problems to the partial covering problem and Strengthening the plank theorems of Ball and Bang.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
Recall that in the 1930’s, Tarski posed what came to be known as the plank problem. A plank P in Ed is the (closed) set of points between two distinct parallel hyperplanes.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
In , Bang has raised the following stronger version of Tarski’s plank problem.
Tarski's plank problem revisited
***