Definition of gangway in English:



  • 1A raised platform or walkway providing a passage.

    • ‘As they dig amid the rubble, recovery workers are uncovering corridors and gangways that lead to the cavernous vaults below.’
    • ‘Because shadows on the riverbed can disrupt underwater ecology, the gangways and above-surface portions of the pool wall may be made of Plexiglas.’
    • ‘The connecting bus took us up into Terminal One and within 10 minutes I was on the gangway of the Heathrow Express.’
    • ‘There is another level below however which gives the public access to walk across metal gangways right through the engine room.’
    • ‘In one case, he said, a gangway was built to take pupils to a dining area.’
    • ‘On 2 July 1994 a 6-year-old boy fell off a gangway leading to a viewing platform on a New Zealand Rail train.’
    corridor, passageway, hall, hallway, entrance hall, entrance, walkway, aisle, gangway
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    1. 1.1A movable bridge linking a ship to the shore.
      • ‘He and the delegates went up the gangway of 19 ships in the ports of Cairns and Townsville to check pay and conditions.’
      • ‘The VIPS came ashore and the gangway was removed.’
      • ‘The ship's company, resplendent in white, marched onboard and cheered ship, before CMDR Sammut was piped across the gangway for the first time.’
      • ‘Instead he found himself running down a ship's gangway, helping troops prepare for the biggest invasion in military history.’
      • ‘When CMDR Leggatt crossed the gangway for the last time, there was no piping party or salutes, but there was a final send-off.’
      • ‘As the ship's company, in their summer whites, descended the gangway in single file, a roar of jubilation filled the air.’
      • ‘Asked by Navy News if a sailor on Christmas Island now was to approach his ship, would he find a Naval police coxswain at the foot of the gangway waiting to check his bag?’
      • ‘In all, 176 passengers were escorted off the Mississippi Belle II without incident over a gangway rigged up from the shore, officials said.’
      • ‘Many sailors ran down the gangway Friday, carrying roses for their loved ones waiting on the fogbound shore.’
      • ‘The ocean swell separates gangway from platform at times by several meters and we must jump when ordered.’
      • ‘Local interest was further evident when the ship opened her gangway to the public.’
      • ‘Each child left the ship with a signed certificate and a goody-bag of sweets, chocolates, a drink and a Royal Navy hat - although most of the food was eaten before they got near the gangway.’
      • ‘Shaped like the letter Y, the main bridge is curved, with a secondary gangway linked to the quayside a short distance away.’
      • ‘He attempted to board the vessel by jumping from the quayside as a gangway was not rigged, but fell into the water.’
      • ‘However, the metal gangway which joined ship to shore was badly damaged and cadets have been busy repairing it.’
      • ‘Crew on board the CSL Yarra have been denied food and other supplies by the ship's owners as the stand-off at Port Pirie enters its third day with ship workers refusing to lower the gangway.’
      • ‘On a customary tropical Hawaiian day, personnel mustered on the gangway and were whisked away to the Arizona Memorial.’
      • ‘They both stood at the rail as the gangway was eventually raised and the ship was nudged out of its berth.’
      • ‘That was not an employee/employer case, but the plaintiff was injured on the gangway of a ship.’
      • ‘Dozens of people were on the gangway to board the ship when the passageway collapsed, according to the rescue workers.’
    2. 1.2An opening in the bulwarks by which a ship is entered or left.
      • ‘A section of the starboard bulwarks was removed to create a gangway, or opening.’
      • ‘Mr. Carney said that he had served on many vessels, and had visited many more, where the fuel oil shut-off valve actuators were located in public spaces such as passageways, the crew laundry, or the poop deck near the gangway.’
      • ‘The radioman threw several switches and began to talk softly into his mike, as Nelson left the Radio Shack, climbing the gangway to the Flying Bridge.’
      • ‘Feeling none, he moved through it, and continued down the passage toward the next hatch, and the gangway next to the crew's quarters, that led to ‘B’ deck.’
      entry, way in, means of access, means of entry, ingress, access, approach
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  • 2British A passage between rows of seats, especially in a theatre or aircraft.

    • ‘None of which saved me from a hand down my trousers after I was hauled aside for a random check on the gangway leading to the aircraft.’
    • ‘It's easier to go down the aisles and along the gangways to get to where you want to go.’
    • ‘It was one of those days when that line about the House of Commons being the place where your opponents sit across the gangway but your enemies sit next to you seemed particularly apt.’
    • ‘A woman conductor does have limitations when having to move through the gangway of a crowded bus during peak hours.’
    • ‘Hundreds of fans are seen standing and some are blocking the gangways, others are gesticulating at opposing fans.’
    • ‘And he might have made it too, if it wasn't for the little old lady blocking the gangway, trying to get her case onto the luggage rack.’
    • ‘The action takes place on an express train and a special set giving the impression of interior coaches was erected in the gangway of the theatre, with the audience seated on either side.’
    • ‘They didn't take any of the available seats downstairs, yet they didn't obstruct the gangway by huddling in the aisle.’
    • ‘He was the man who sometimes got ahead of me in the Covent Garden gallery queue and took over what I thought of as my seat on the centre gangway of the front row.’
    • ‘We got talking when she was sitting in the gangway of the crowded train next to my seat and she was writing an essay.’
    • ‘At the end of the day we have got to be mindful of passenger safety, and we can't allow buggies to block gangways.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Everyone was brilliant and it just shows how important it is to keep the gangways clear.’’
    • ‘It was clear that something was wrong with him when, at the stroke of half-time in a match earlier this year, he didn't leap from his seat and race up the gangway for the interval tuck.’
    • ‘Mac relaxed his jaw then nodded toward the exit and led the way out and down the gangway to the main corridor.’
    • ‘Many of the criteria are very specific, with the number and size of safety barriers and the length and width of gangways having to comply with set standards.’
    • ‘He had to sit in the gangway until the train reached Bath.’
    • ‘The bus company sent free journey vouchers, but defended its stance on keeping gangways free in case of emergencies.’
    • ‘I've tried coming in through both doors and can't see a gangway wide enough to get through.’
    • ‘By late 1945, when I was transferred to the North Atlantic route, the Liberator had elementary heating and two rows of seats with a central gangway, but still no steward.’
    • ‘And, like most London gigs, it gets sold out over-capacity - that place was dangerously packed tonight, with gangways crowded with punters.’
    entrance, way in, means of access, means of entry, ingress, access, approach
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  • Make way!

    • ‘He yelled: "Gangway for the padre! Let him out."’