• 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
    • n planking the work of covering an area with planks
    • n planking (nautical) a covering or flooring constructed of planks (as on a ship)
    • n planking planks collectively; a quantity of planks
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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.
    • Planking The act of laying planks; also, planks, collectively; a series of planks in place, as the wooden covering of the frame of a vessel.
    • Planking The act of splicing slivers. See Plank v. t., 4.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n planking The operation of laying down planks or of covering with planks.
    • n planking Planks considered collectively, as in a floor; a piece of work made up of planks; specifically, in ship-building, the skin or covering of wooden timbers on the outer and inner surfaces of the ribs, and upon the beams. A strake is a line of planking. Wales are strakes of thick planking. See cut under beam.
    • n planking In spinning, the splicing together of slivers of long-stapled wool. See breaking-frame.
    • n planking One of the finishing operations in felting hats. The hardened hat-body is passed through a cistern containing a hot acidulated water, and between pressing-rollers, the process compacting the fibers into felt.
    • n planking In a steam-cylinder, the lagging or clothing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Planking the act of laying planks: a series of planks: work made up of planks
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Walk the plank - If someone walks the plank, they are going toward their own destruction or downfall


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. planca, a board; cf. Plain, even.


In literature:

Each time I struck out the planks appeared to move slightly.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
What with canvas, and flags, and some planks, I very soon had some fair accommodation for them.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
We will strengthen her with additional planks, and get a strake put on above her gunwale.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The report was not loud, and besides there are so few planks and timbers torn out.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Fed them from big long trays set on planks.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Give me my stick, boy, and I shall crawl over the planks a little safer.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
On reaching it, Tom found its owner cutting up some firewood near his plank-bridge.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
Stumps will go on selecting the planks.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Embarking on this frail vessel with his dog, he pushed off, and using a piece of plank for an oar, sculled himself over the lagoon.
"Jarwin and Cuffy" by R.M. Ballantyne
To this the ends of the planks of the ship are afterwards fastened.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

``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
`My planks will make them both wall and roof,
As snug as the ling—thatched fold,
Where they never will hear a harsh reproof,
Nor ever feel cramp or cold.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Swarm the men to the rigging, and swiftly
Shine clouds of white canvas, and clank
The links of the anchor's great cable,
Creaks, trampled on deck, every plank:
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
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
"To the last stile he clung—maybe
A furlong from our door;
Then missed his footing on the plank,
And deep into the snow-drift sank.
O, my belovèd Willie, we
Shall never see you more!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
An' yet he hed his p'ints--his heart
Wus builded sort ov spacious;
An' solid--ev'ry beam an' plank,
An', Stranger, now, veracious.
A wore-out hoss he never shot,
But turn'd him in the clover lot!
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

First there was planking …then owling…then horse-manning.
Planking isn't some new trend.
This video here proves that ' planking ' shouldn't be done by anyone, anymore.
These kinds of videos are the only planking videos I can stand to watch – the ones where they plank and karma slaps them around for trying to be cool.
Planking around the Lehigh Valley.
Could owling be the new planking .
"I'm planking ," he says enthusiastically.
That didn't stop Orlando Magic teammates, Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard to do some ' planking .
What the heck is planking .
DC sports personalities planking .
The 'Going Green Plank ' in Beaumont, Canada.
Despite Deaths and Injuries, Internet ' Planking ' Fad Continues.
Rugby star David Williams showed off his " planking " skills on live television during a match in in Australia.
The idea is to resemble a plank .
Preheat an oak plank in front of hickory coals and grease with butter.

In science:

The total number of superstring modes is inf inite, and other f ields of Superstring spectrum are massive, with masses of an order of the Plank mass.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
Then, keeping the Plank scale f ixed and sending the tension to zero, it becomes gs → ∞ that is the strong coupling limit.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
Finally, in the high-energy limit of String theory the Plank energy sends to inf inity, viz. lP → ∞.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
For eleven dimension supergravity that is the Plank length.
M-theory branes and their interactions
The last symmetry we mention here is Lorentz invariance, which has been a central plank of 20th century physics and has so far shown no indication of being violated in nature.
Preparation and manipulation of molecules for fundamental physics tests