- The definition of a gantry is a frame or a framework, often used as a platform.
An example of a gantry is a bridge-like structure over train tracks.
- a frame on which barrels can be set horizontally
- a framework that spans a distance, often moving on wheels at each end, used for carrying a traveling crane
- a bridgelike framework over railroad tracks, for supporting signals or for loading
- ☆ a wheeled framework with a crane, platforms at different levels, etc., used for assembling, positioning, and servicing a large rocket at its launching site
Origin: Middle English gauntre, altered (prob. influenced, influence by tre, tree) from Old French gantier, chantier from Classical Latin canterius, beast of burden, trellis from Glassical Greek kanthēlios, a pack ass
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noun pl. gan·tries
- A mount for a traveling crane consisting of a large archlike or bridgelike frame designed to move along a set of tracks.
- A similar spanning frame supporting a group of railway signals over several tracks.
- Aerospace A massive vertical frame structure used in assembling or servicing a rocket, especially at a launch site.
- A support for a barrel lying on its side.
Origin: Middle English ganter, gauntre, wooden stand for barrels, from Old North French gantier, wooden frame, from Latin canthērius, from Greek kanthēlios, pack ass, from kanthēlia, panniers at the side of a pack-saddle.