Gondola

Definition of Gondola

Gon´do`la
n.1.
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.
3.A long platform car, either having no sides or with very low sides, used on railroads.
4.(Aëronautics) An elongated car under a dirigible.

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freight car, gondola car
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