Gang, n. [Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. See Gang, v. i.] 1. A going; a course. [Obs.]
2. A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad; as, a
gang of sailors; a chain
gang of thieves.
3. A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set; as, a
gang of saws, or of plows.
(Naut.) A set; all required for an outfit; as, a new
gang of stays.
5. [Cf. Gangue.]
(Mining) The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.
6. A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join; as, a teen
gang; a youth
gang; a street
gangs often associate with particular areas in a city, and may turn violent when they feel their territory is encroached upon. In Los Angeles the Crips and the Bloods are large gangs antagonistic to each other.
7. A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization; as, the Parker
(Naut.) (a) A board or plank, with cleats for steps, forming a bridge by which to enter or leave a vessel. (b) A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist, for the sentinel to walk on. --
Gang cask, a small cask in which to bring water aboard ships or in which it is kept on deck. --
Gang plow, a cultivator or plow in which several shares are attached to one frame, so as to make two or more furrows at the same time. --
Gang days, Rogation days; the time of perambulating parishes. See
Gang week (below). --
Gang drill, a drilling machine having a number of drills driven from a common shaft. --
Gang master, a master or employer of a gang of workmen. --
Gang plank. See
Gang board (above). --
Gang plow. See
Gang cultivator (above). --
Gang press, a press for operating upon a pile or row of objects separated by intervening plates. --
Gang saw, a saw fitted to be one of a combination or gang of saws hung together in a frame or sash, and set at fixed distances apart. --
Gang tide. See
Gang week (below). --
Gang tooth, a projecting tooth.
Gang week, Rogation week, when formerly processions were made to survey the bounds of parishes.
Round gang, the Western and the Eastern names, respectively, for a gang of saws for cutting the round log into boards at one operation.
Slabbing gang, an arrangement of saws which cuts slabs from two sides of a log, leaving the middle part as a thick beam.
gang boardn. a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside.
Syn. -- gangplank, gang plank, gangway.
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