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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gondola  \Gon"do*la\,  n.  (A["e]ronautics) 
  An  elongated  car  under  a  dirigible. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gondola  \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.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gondola 
  n  1:  a  low  flat-bottomed  railway  car  with  fixed  sides  but  no  roof 
  [syn:  {gondola  car}] 
  2:  long  narrow  flat-bottomed  boat  propelled  by  sculling; 
  traditionally  used  on  canals  of  Venice 
  3:  car  suspended  from  an  airship  and  carrying  personnel  and 
  cargo  and  power  plant  [syn:  {car}] 




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