Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Planks considered as a group.
  • n. An object or structure made of planks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of planks; a group of planks.
  • n. The practice of lying face down with arms to the sides, in unusual public spaces, and taking photographs to record the act.
  • v. Present participle of plank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of laying planks; also, planks, collectively; a series of planks in place, as the wooden covering of the frame of a vessel.
  • n. The act of splicing slivers. See Plank, v. t., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The operation of laying down planks or of covering with planks.
  • n. Planks considered collectively, as in a floor; a piece of work made up of planks; specifically, in ship-building, the skin or covering of wooden timbers on the outer and inner surfaces of the ribs, and upon the beams. A strake is a line of planking. Wales are strakes of thick planking. See cut under beam.
  • n. In spinning, the splicing together of slivers of long-stapled wool. See breaking-frame.
  • n. One of the finishing operations in felting hats.
  • n. In a steam-cylinder, the lagging or clothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (nautical) a covering or flooring constructed of planks (as on a ship)
  • n. the work of covering an area with planks
  • n. planks collectively; a quantity of planks

Etymologies

plank +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term planking originated from Australia but is actually just another name for

    Gizmodo

  • Sam Weckert Sam Weckert, a carpenter who coined the term 'planking,' performs the stunt in South Australia.

    The Planking Phenomenon

  • I scratched the mold off one place, – here it is, – and I discovered that this planking is real seasoned cedar like they build the best boats of.

    The Slipper Point Mystery

  • The Los Angeles Times said some in the crowd threw bottles at police while others mocked and taunted them, dancing on squad cars or lying flat across the ground in what is known as "planking," a pretty much inexplicable Internet meme that is at once irreverent and potentially dangerous.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Instead of planking, which is highly dangerous, they're practicing something that is not only safe and family friendly, but something that is deeply connected to prayer and to God.

    Rabbi Joshua Hess: Embracing 'Tebowing'

  • "This is a carvel-built boat; that is, her planking runs fore and aft,"

    The Boat Club or, The Bunkers of Rippleton

  • The planking was a cedar-coloured wood, and all the arches and mouldings were finished like cabinet-work, so that it was both handsome and durable.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak

  • Witnesses said others were dancing on a police car, taunting officers and "planking" - lying down in the street.

    News - latimes.com

  • A group of doctors and nurses in 2009 took pictures of themselves lying facedown in places such as hospital trolleys, ward floors and an ambulance helipad as part of a game called planking.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • With this kind of planking the stability of the frame element is increased many times over.

    3. Technological Application of the Press

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  • I had a suspicion I might not be first to this gem.

    May 16, 2011

  • "Queensland Police say a young man who fell to his death from a Brisbane high-rise early this morning had been engaging in the new internet craze of planking.
    Planking, which involves a person lying face-down in strange and sometimes dangerous settings, then posting photos of their efforts on the internet, has made news in the past week with the arrest of a Gladstone man.
    Police issued the 20-year-old with a court appearance notice on Tuesday night after he was discovered planking on a police car."
    - Planking blamed for fatal balcony fall, abc.net.au, 15 May 2011.

    May 15, 2011