Definition of gangplank in US English:



  • A movable plank used as a ramp to board or disembark from a ship or boat.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The captain said his goodbyes, as we walked up the gangplank up to the bustling sidewalk.’
    • ‘Then without any further comment, he proceed up the gangplank to the ship where several other men stood around.’
    • ‘The anchors were dropped and the gangplank was lowered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you walk into city centre hidden gem the Blue Anchor, you feel as though the gangplank should be raised behind you.’
    • ‘He peered over onto the docks, and then beckoned for his men to come up the gangplank onto the ship again.’
    • ‘On deck I found the gangplank and made it to the safety of the dockside.’
    • ‘They all went down to the quay to greet the boat and the first person to come down the gangplank was a Corkman.’
    • ‘He led his bike down the gangplank of Vaughn's ship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the ship arrived at Irow, a burly sailor respectfully offered his hand to assist her off the gangplank.’
    • ‘He turned and walked back up the gangplank to the ship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He rushed out on deck - to find it was only his gangplank that had washed away.’
    • ‘Passengers descend a gangplank to access two rowboats, and many more appear already to have disembarked.’
    • ‘Michael opened the entrance and lowered the gangplank.’
    • ‘With that said the captain turned and walked back up the gangplank to the ship and began shouting orders to his crew.’
    • ‘The gangplank was let down and the passengers began to get off.’