Definitions for: Gondola


[n] car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and cargo and power plant
[n] long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
[n] a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof



Webster (1913) Definition: Gon"do*la, n. [It., dim. of gonda a gondola; cf. LL.
gandeia a kind of boat, Gr. ? a drinking vessel; said to be a
Persian word; cf. F. gondole gondola, cup.]
1. A long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, used in
the canals of Venice. A gondola is usually propelled by
one or two oarsmen who stand facing the prow, or by
poling. A gondola for passengers has a small open cabin
amidships, for their protection against the sun or rain. A
sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be
painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.

2. A flat-bottomed boat for freight. [U. S.]

3. A long platform car, either having no sides or with very
low sides, used on railroads. [U. S.]


Gon"do*la, n. (A["e]ronautics)
An elongated car under a dirigible.

Synonyms: car, gondola car

See Also: airship, boat, compartment, dirigible, freight car

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