from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the narrow portion of deck between the side and the frame of the hatch in a wherry, etc.

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  • noun A walkway consisting of a series of planks.


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plank +‎ way


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  • Ali grinned and passed on; Babalatchi ascended the plankway to the rear verandah, and beckoning out Mrs. Almayer, engaged her in earnest conversation.

    Almayer's Folly

  • Babalatchi crossed the courtyard towards the creek to get his canoe, and Mrs. Almayer walked slowly to the house, ascended the plankway, and passing through the back verandah entered the passage leading to the front of the house; but before going in she turned in the doorway and looked back at the empty and silent courtyard, now lit up by the rays of the rising moon.

    Almayer's Folly

  • Maria — and so these fellows, who seemed to be in two lots, some at the top and some at the bottom of the plankway, were entirely out of my sight as yet, though I had a good view of their sliding-plane.


  • I admire its finely geometrical depth, its shovel-smoothed and shining flanks; and I find it enjoyable to hear the clean sharp sound of our feet on the hard ground or on the caillebotis -- little gratings of wood, placed end to end and forming a plankway.

    Under Fire: the story of a squad

  • She did not seem to see anything, stopped for a moment at the foot of the plankway leading to the house, then, leaving her high-heeled wooden sandals there, ascended the planks in a light run; straight, graceful, flexible, and noiseless, as if she had soared up to the door on invisible wings.

    An Outcast Of The Islands

  • To the right -- and some small distance away from the large house -- a little hut of reeds, covered with mats, had been put up for the special convenience of Omar, who, being blind and infirm, had some difficulty in ascending the steep plankway that led to the more substantial dwelling, which was built on low posts and had an uncovered verandah.

    An Outcast Of The Islands

  • Then he made a sudden rush head foremost down the plankway that responded with hollow, short noises to every footstep.

    An Outcast Of The Islands

  • Down the plankway leading to the door flowed a thin and pellucid stream, and when Willems began his ascent it broke over his foot as if he were going up a steep ravine in the bed of a rapid and shallow torrent.

    An Outcast Of The Islands

  • She saw nothing distinctly, and, unhesitating, flew down the plankway calling out: "I come!"

    An Outcast Of The Islands

  • Willems was coming down the plankway, into the courtyard.

    An Outcast Of The Islands


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