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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gallery  \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 
  1850. 
 
  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}. 




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