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Dictionary Definition



1 a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
2 a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside [syn: gangplank, gangboard]
3 passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores [syn: aisle]

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  1. A passageway through which to enter or leave, such as one between seating areas in an auditorium, or between two buildings.
  2. A temporary bridge such as one between a ship and the shore.
  3. A temporary passageway made of planks.
  4. An aisle.
  5. : A passage along either side of a ship's upper deck.


  1. In the context of "to a crowd": Make way! Clear a path!
    • 1981, P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins, revised edition, chapter 10,
    • And he pushed his way through the crowd crying, "Gangway, gangway!" and dragging Jane and Michael after him.

Extensive Definition

''A gangway is the walkway between apartment buildings or houses, a term most commonly used in Chicago. It was originally a walkway between the the quarterdeck and the forecastle on a sailing ship. . It later became any raised walkway or platform and an alternative name for a Tramway ''
Gangway was a Danish band (now-defunct), sometimes classified as indiepop. Gangway consists of Allan Jensen lead singer, Henrik Balling on guitar, Torben Johansen on keyboards, and four different drummers, Jan Christensen (1982-84), Gorm Ravn-Jonsen (1984-89), Cai Bojsen-Møller (1991-94), and Jeppe Moesgaard (1996-98).
Their first three albums tend towards Beatle-esque (and sometimes Smiths-esque) guitar pop, but later on, particularly on The Quiet Boy Ate The Whole Cake, their influences from synth-pop music, especially Pet Shop Boys shows through. They are also known for their strange and subtle lyrics that are often on the verge of surrealism. Usually near impossible to find their records in the U.S., with the strange exception of them popping up at Tower Outlet.
Their song "My Girl and Me" was a big hit in Denmark and was also played on MTV.
The band broke up in 1998, but on the 21st of October 2006, guitarist/songwriter Henrik Balling and lead singer Allan Jensen finally staged an exclusive re-union show for just 125 people at a small bar in Copenhagen. Torben Johansen was present in the audience.


See also

gangway in Danish: Landgangsbro

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bifrost, access, adit, air lock, approach, bascule bridge, bateau bridge, bridge, cantilever bridge, catwalk, corridor, drawbridge, entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, floating bridge, flyover, footbridge, gangboard, gangplank, hall, in, ingress, inlet, intake, lift bridge, means of access, opening, overbridge, overcrossing, overpass, passage, passageway, pontoon bridge, rope bridge, span, stepping-stone, stepstone, suspension bridge, swing bridge, toll bridge, vestibule, viaduct, way, way in
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