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From gang (way, path, course of travel) +‎ board (plank)


gangboard (plural gangboards)

  1. A board or plank used as a temporary footbridge between a ship and a dockside or any gap such as scaffolding.
  2. A board or plank placed within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist for lookouts to walk or stand on.
    • 2005, Edward Rowe Snow, Jeremy D'Entremont, William Quinn, Storms and Shipwrecks of New England[1], Applewood Books, →ISBN, page 45:
      The brigantine's yawl under the port gangboard was put over, and three volunteers offered to row for help.
  3. The boards ending the hammock-nettings at either side of the entrance from the accommodation-ladder to the deck.

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  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gangboard in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)