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gangway (plural gangways)
- A passageway through which to enter or leave, such as one between seating areas in an auditorium, or between two buildings.
- An articulating bridge or ramp, such as from land to a dock or a ship.
- A temporary passageway, such as one made of planks.
- (rare, obsolete outside dialects) A clear path through a crowd or a passageway with people.
- (Britain) An aisle.
- (nautical) A passage along either side of a ship's upper deck.
- (nautical) A passage through the side of a ship or though a railing through which the ship may be boarded.
- (agricultural) An earthen and plank ramp leading from the stable yard into the upper storey or mow of a dairy barn.
- (enclosed corridor between an airport and plane): See jet bridge
temporary plank bridge, path, or passageway
clear path through a crowd
aisle — see aisle
nautical: passage on upper deck
nautical: passage through the side of a ship
- To serve as, furnish with, or conduct oneself as though proceeding on a gangway.
2004, Bill Hillsman, Run the Other Way:
- He gangwayed his way through the crowd, and just as the clock struck midnight, he was standing in front of NBC's camera on national TV as the governor-elect of Minnesota and the first Reform Party candidate ever to be elected to high office.
2014, Jude Cook, Byron Easy:
- They're conducting phone conversations without speaking into the wrong end of their mobiles, or gangwaying to the Gents without tripping over, or turning the pages of a newspaper without blacking adjacent eyes.
2014, Kevin McAleer, Dueling: The Cult of Honor in Fin-de-Siecle Germany:
- Here also of exceptional value were the half-dozen dueling codes published after 1880, gangwaying a detailed analysis in chapter II of the manner in which duels unfolded, and dozens of French sources which formed the core of a chapter on the French duel.
- (to a crowd) Make way! Clear a path!