Gondola meaning

gŏndl-ə, gŏn-dōlə
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A railroad freight car with no top and, often, with low sides.
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A cabin suspended under an airship or balloon, for holding the motors, instruments, passengers, etc.
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A gondola car.
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A car suspended from and moved along a cable, for holding passengers.
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A car for riders on a Ferris wheel or other amusement-park ride.
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A small long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, propelled with a single oar, especially in Venice.
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A hanging platform or car for transporting people or cargo.
  • An enclosed car attached to a cable mechanically lifted up the side of a mountain; an enclosed ski lift; a cable car.
  • The car or basket of a hot-air balloon, airship, zeppelin, etc.
  • The hanging cart in which a glass-cleaning worker stands to clean exterior glass on tall buildings.
  • That part of a transporter bridge that carries passengers, vehicles, along the length of the bridge span.
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(rail transport) A type of open railway car with low sides, used to carry heavy freight such as crushed rock or steel.
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A basket, enclosure, or instrument sling suspended from and carried aloft by a balloon.
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An enclosed structure suspended from a cable, used for conveying passengers, as to and from a ski slope.
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A long, narrow boat for a few passengers used on the canals of Venice, having a high, pointed prow and stern and propelled by a single long oar at the stern.
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A flat-bottomed river barge.
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Origin of gondola

  • Italian from Old Italian gondula

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Venetian, which likely derives from Byzantine Greek κοντούρα (kontoura, “small tail”).

    From Wiktionary