EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLANK
Then he drew himself upon his plank and swam, doubling his speed.
He slipped his arm off the plank and sank in the stream to the chin.
He wheeled it up to the side door, an' put a plank over the steps, an' wheeled it right in.
A plank is found infected with it, and the whole structure is devoted.
He states that they pierced a plank, an inch thick, with a bullet made of mercury.
I know every timber and plank in her; there is not a rope nor a block but I can recognise.
The plank that is used to form the bottom of the boat is not gouged out.
It was pressed to pay, coaxed to plank down, soothered to shell out.
They took out and replaced a piece of the plank, and proceeded on their voyage.
It is as in a shipwreck, where the plank that will save two will sink with three.
late 13c. (c.1200 as a surname), from Old North French planke, variant of Old French planche "plank, slab, little wooden bridge" (12c.), from Late Latin planca "broad slab, board," probably from Latin plancus "flat, flat-footed," from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta). Technically, timber sawed to measure 2 to 6 inches thick, 9 inches or more wide, and 8 feet or more long. Political sense of "item of a party platform" is U.S. coinage from 1848. To walk the plank, supposedly a pirate punishment, is first attested 1789 and most early references are to slave-traders disposing of excess human cargo in crossing the ocean.