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Definition of the noun gangway

What does gangway mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gangways

  1. a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: passageway = a passage between rooms or between buildings
  2. a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
  3. passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of gangway: aisle
    • more generic word: passageway = a passage between rooms or between buildings

Alternative definition of the noun gangway


  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 to a ship.
  3. A temporary passageway, such as one made of planks.
  4. [rare, obsolete, except dialectal] A clear path through a crowd or a passageway with people.
  5. [British] 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 though a railing through which the ship may be boarded.
  8. [context: agricultural] An earthen and plank ramp leading from the stable yard into the upper storey or mow of a dairy barn.

Specialised definition of the noun gangway

Glossary of sports

a little movable bridge for going on board a ship (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Other definitions of gangway

What does gangway also mean?


  1. [context: to a crowd] Make way! Clear a path!


Gangway was a Danish pop band, active from 1982 to 1998. Gangway consisted of Allan Jensen, Henrik Balling, Torben Johansen, and four different drummers, Jan Christensen, Gorm Ravn-Jonsen, Cai Bojsen-Møller, and Jeppe Moesgaard.

  • genres: New Wave, Synthpop, Independent music
  • albums: "The Twist", "Stitting in the Park", "The Quiet Boy Ate the Whole Cake", "Happy Ever After", "Optimism", "That's Life", "Compendium: Greatest Hits", "Sitting in the Park Again", "My Girl and Me"


"Gangway" is a musical EP of Atomsplit.

  • released in (16 years ago)


"Gangway" is a 1937 British musical film directed by Sonnie Hale and starring Jessie Matthews, Barry MacKay, Nat Pendleton and Alastair Sim. Its plot involves a young reporter goes undercover to unmask a gang of criminals who are planning a jewel heist. AKA as Sparkles in Australia and on Australian release 78rpm records. Jessie Matthews was nicknamed SPARKLE in the film.


Gangway is a record label.


  1. The gangway is a narrow passage that joins the quarterdeck to the forecastle of a sailing ship. The term is also extended to mean the narrow passages used to board or disembark ships.
  2. Gangway is an international online literary magazine, bridging Austria and Australia. Its founder and editor in chief is Gerald Ganglbauer, the first issue was launched in June 1996 in Sydney.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Gangway

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Google previewThe Annotated Two Years Before the Mast (2013)

by Richard Henry Dana

The lee side is the side opposite that from which the wind is coming, while the weather gangway is the passageway on the side toward the wind. ...log is hove... Hove is the (archaic) past tense of heave. Alog (as used here) is a device for ...

Google previewSpecifications and Drawings of Patents Issued from the U.S. Patent Office (1873)

by United States. Patent Office

the bow of any boat used for the purposes of a fire-engine and to reach the decks of a burning vessel without materially endangering the boat, of which the gangway is a part, though said boat may not be constructed of fire-proof materials .

Google previewThe dictionary of trade, commerce and navigation (1844)

Gangway is also that part of a ship's side, both within and without, by which persons enter and depart. A third gangway is a narrow passage left in the hold when a ship is laden, in order to examine the state of the ship, cargo, or stores. Garble.

Google previewThe Illustrated Dream Dictionary (2006)

by Russell Grant

A gangway represents a period of transition for you. If the surroundings are happy, say a gangway to a cruise ship, then the future will prove easier for you. Walk up the gangway and you can expect progress. Down and things will stay bleak for ...

Google previewDictionary of Word Origins (1995)

A History of the Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use by Jordan Almond

Gangway: The passages between bulkheads aboard ship are called "gangways" — from the Anglo-Saxon gangweg, "a way for going"— and these passages are often long and narrow. A sailor carrying a coil of rope or any other object along ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Codenames of World War II (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Christopher Chant

Gangway. Allied planfor an unopposed landing in Naples during the autumn of1943 with the support ofthe government of capitulated Italy. The planwas cancelled on27 July1943before any order ofbattleor detailed plans had been formulated ...

Google previewPatterson's Illustrated Nautical Encyclopedia (1901)

by Howard Patterson

A plank with cleats nailed across and used as a rough gangway from the vessel to the shore. Also called gang-plank. Gang Casks. A small cask in size between a breaker and a barrel. It is used for bringing water on board in boats. Gang-plan ...

Google previewAn universal dictionary of the marine ... A new edition, corrected (1780)

by William FALCONER (Poet.)

GANGWAY, (paffe-avant, Fr.) a narrow platform, or range of planks, laid horizontally along the upper part of a ship's fide, from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, for the convenience of walking more expeditiously fore and aft, than by ...

Google previewFalconers Marine Dictionary (1780) (2012)

by William Falconer

GANGWAY, (paffiz-a-vant, Fr.) a narrow platform, or range of planks, laid horizontally along the upper part of a ship's side, from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, for the convenience of walking more expeditioufly for: and aft, than by ...

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Gangway Meaning

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Scrabble value of G2A1N1G2W4A1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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