gangboard vs gangway what difference

what is difference between gangboard and gangway



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.
  3. The boards ending the hammock-nettings at either side of the entrance from the accommodation-ladder to the deck.

Related terms

  • gangplank
  • gangway



  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia


  • grab and go, grab-and-go



From Middle English gangway, from Old English gangweġ (passageway; thoroughfare), equivalent to gang +‎ way. Related to Dutch gang (hallway) and Norwegian gang (hallway).


gangway (plural gangways)

  1. A passageway through which to enter or leave, such as one between seating areas in an auditorium, or between two buildings.
  2. An articulating bridge or ramp, such as from land to a dock or a ship.
  3. A temporary passageway, such as one made of planks.
  4. (rare, obsolete outside dialects) A clear path through a crowd or a passageway with people.
  5. (Britain) An aisle.
  6. (nautical) A passage along either side of a ship’s upper deck.
  7. (nautical) A passage through the side of a ship or an opening in the railing through which the ship may be boarded.
  8. (agricultural) An earthen and plank ramp leading from the stable yard into the upper storey or mow of a dairy barn.
  9. (Chicago) The narrow space between two buildings or houses, used to access the backyard/alleyway from the front.
  10. A passageway through a passenger car


  • (narrow space between two buildings): See Thesaurus:alley


  • (enclosed corridor between an airport and plane): See jet bridge

Derived terms

  • below the gangway
  • gangwayed

Related terms

  • gangplank
  • gangboard



gangway (third-person singular simple present gangways, present participle gangwaying, simple past and past participle gangwayed)

  1. To serve as, furnish with, or conduct oneself as though proceeding on a gangway.



  1. (to a crowd) Make way! Clear a path!
    • 1934, P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins, p 157:
      And he pushed his way through the crowd crying, “Gangway, gangway!” and dragging Jane and Michael after him.


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