Definitions for: Gallery

[n] (mining) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
[n] narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
[n] a covered corridor (especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported with arches or columns)
[n] a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose; "shooting gallery"
[n] a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
[n] a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
[n] spectators at a golf or tennis match

Webster (1913) Definition: Gal"ler*y, n.; pl. Galleries. [F. galerie, It.
galleria, fr. LL. galeria gallery, perh. orig., a festal
hall, banquetting hall; cf. OF. galerie a rejoicing, fr.
galer to rejoice. Cf. Gallant, a.]
1. A long and narrow corridor, or place for walking; a
connecting passageway, as between one room and another;
also, a long hole or passage excavated by a boring or
burrowing animal.

2. A room for the exhibition of works of art; as, a picture
gallery; hence, also, a large or important collection of
paintings, sculptures, etc.

3. A long and narrow platform attached to one or more sides
of public hall or the interior of a church, and supported
by brackets or columns; -- sometimes intended to be
occupied by musicians or spectators, sometimes designed
merely to increase the capacity of the hall.

4. (Naut.) A frame, like a balcony, projecting from the stern
or quarter of a ship, and hence called stern gallery or
quarter gallery, -- seldom found in vessels built since

5. (Fort.) Any communication which is covered overhead as
well as at the sides. When prepared for defense, it is a
defensive gallery.

6. (Mining) A working drift or level.

Whispering gallery. See under Whispering.

Synonyms: art gallery, drift, heading, picture gallery, veranda, verandah

See Also: amphitheater, amphitheatre, audience, balcony, choir loft, corridor, lanai, organ loft, passageway, porch, room, salon

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