Plank vs Panel - What's the difference?

plank | panel |

As nouns the difference between plank and panel

is that plank is a long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick while panel is panel.

As a verb plank

is to cover something with planking.




(en noun)
  • A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
  • A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that issue.
  • Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  • (British, slang) A stupid person, idiot.
  • That which supports or upholds.
  • * Southey
  • His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * plank spanker


    (en verb)
  • To cover something with planking.
  • to plank a floor or a ship
  • * Dryden
  • Planked with pine.
  • To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
  • * 1998 , Richard Gerstell, American Shad in the Susquehanna River Basin (page 147)
  • Along the lower river, planked shad dinners (baked and broiled) were highly popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • (colloquial) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
  • to plank money in a wager
  • To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  • To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
  • To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
  • * 2011' May 23, '' Party finishes up in plonking after attempt at '''planking in Kingsford]'', in ''[[w:Herald Sun, Herald Sun] ,
  • The woman, known as Claudia, fell from a 2m wall after earlier demonstrating the wrong way to plank' on a small stool while holding a bottle of wine. A friend said some guests had not heard of ' planking and Claudia was demonstrating how ridiculous it was.
  • * 2011 May 24, Tourists snapped planking at iconic landmarks around the world]'', in [[w:The Australian, The Australian],
  • Perth man Simon Carville became an internet sensation after he was photographed planking naked in the arms of famous Perth statue the Eliza.




    (en noun)
  • A (usually) rectangular section of a surface, or of a covering or of a wall, fence etc.; (architecture) A sunken compartment with raised margins, moulded or otherwise, as in ceilings, wainscotings, etc.
  • Behind the picture was a panel on the wall.
  • A group of people gathered to judge, interview, discuss etc. as on a television or radio broadcast for example.
  • Today's panel includes John Smith.
  • An individual frame or drawing in a comic.
  • The last panel of a comic strip usually contains a punchline.
  • (legal) A document containing the names of persons summoned as jurors by the sheriff; hence, more generally, the whole jury.
  • (Blackstone)
  • (legal, Scotland) A prisoner arraigned for trial at the bar of a criminal court.
  • (Burrill)
  • (obsolete) A piece of cloth serving as a saddle.
  • A soft pad beneath a saddletree to prevent chafing.
  • (joinery) A board having its edges inserted in the groove of a surrounding frame.
  • the panel of a door
  • (masonry) One of the faces of a hewn stone.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (masonry) A slab or plank of wood used instead of a canvas for painting on.
  • (mining) A heap of dressed ore.
  • (mining) One of the districts divided by pillars of extra size, into which a mine is laid off in one system of extracting coal.
  • (dressmaking) A plain strip or band, as of velvet or plush, placed at intervals lengthwise on the skirt of a dress, for ornament.
  • A portion of a framed structure between adjacent posts or struts, as in a bridge truss.
  • Derived terms

    * panellist (UK), panelist (US) * panelled (UK), paneled (US) * panelling (UK), paneling (US)


  • to fit with panels
  • See also

    * instrument panel, control panel * panel beater * panel game * panel van


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