Definition of gangplank in English:



  • A movable plank, typically with cleats nailed on it, used by passengers to board or disembark from a ship or boat.

    • ‘Passengers descend a gangplank to access two rowboats, and many more appear already to have disembarked.’
    • ‘When you walk into city centre hidden gem the Blue Anchor, you feel as though the gangplank should be raised behind you.’
    • ‘They all went down to the quay to greet the boat and the first person to come down the gangplank was a Corkman.’
    • ‘With that said the captain turned and walked back up the gangplank to the ship and began shouting orders to his crew.’
    • ‘The anchors were dropped and the gangplank was lowered.’
    • ‘Wayward sightseers who stay out late to sample one of the sociable local hostelries are greeted by three brick-built seamen as they set foot on the far end of the gangplank.’
    • ‘The gangplank seemed so flimsy, and every time she boarded a ship, she was afraid that it would collapse, and she would be thrown into the water.’
    • ‘He turned and walked back up the gangplank to the ship.’
    • ‘He rushed out on deck - to find it was only his gangplank that had washed away.’
    • ‘We saw them descending the gangplank at Kirkwall harbour and looking about them with the pleasantly vacant smiles of those who have very little idea of where they are but are determined to make the best of it.’
    • ‘The gangplank was let down and the passengers began to get off.’
    • ‘On deck I found the gangplank and made it to the safety of the dockside.’
    • ‘Then without any further comment, he proceed up the gangplank to the ship where several other men stood around.’
    • ‘They were connected to the Wharf by long, often slippery metal gangplanks, which could be very steep when the tide went out and hazardous in the rain.’
    • ‘Michael opened the entrance and lowered the gangplank.’
    • ‘He peered over onto the docks, and then beckoned for his men to come up the gangplank onto the ship again.’
    • ‘After the massacre the local port was a scene of panic as people, mostly women, desperate to escape, fought their way up the gangplanks carrying their belongings and children onto badly maintained and overloaded ferries.’
    • ‘He led his bike down the gangplank of Vaughn's ship.’
    • ‘When the ship arrived at Irow, a burly sailor respectfully offered his hand to assist her off the gangplank.’
    • ‘The captain said his goodbyes, as we walked up the gangplank up to the bustling sidewalk.’