Meaning of “gangplank” in the English Dictionary

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"gangplank" in British English

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gangplanknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡæŋ.plæŋk/ us /ˈɡæŋ.plæŋk/

Examples from literature

  • As soon as the gangplank was down, I slipped aboard and met the steward. 
  • He came up the gangplank with the strong, firm tread of a man in his prime. 
  • Presently the soldiers began coming down the gangplank. 
  • The two girls strode bravely up the single, rickety board that served as the gangplank of the shanty boat. 
  • When he was half-way across the gangplank it broke and the Irishman fell in. 

(Definition of “gangplank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gangplank" in American English

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gangplanknoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡæŋˌplæŋk/ also gangway, /ˈɡæŋˌweɪ/

a board or similar object put between a ship and the land so that people can get on and off

(Definition of “gangplank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)