[syn: car, gondola]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
4. (A["e]ronautics) An elongated car under a dirigible.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no
roof [syn: gondola car, gondola]
2: long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling;
traditionally used on canals of Venice
3: the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that
carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant [syn: