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PLANK

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 720 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PLANK, a flat piece of timber, sawn and planed; it is technically distinguished from a " board " by its greater thickness, and should measure from 2 to 4 in. in thickness and from 10 to 11 in. in width. The word comes through the Fr. planche (from post-Augustan, Lat. planets, a nasalized adaptation probably of Gr. 7XaE, something flat, especially a flat stone. The use of the word " plank " in the sense of an article in a political programme is of American origin and is due to the use of " platform " for the programme itself.
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