Definition of Pontoon

1. Noun. (nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge.

Generic synonyms: Barge, Flatboat, Hoy, Lighter
Category relationships: Boat
Group relationships: Bateau Bridge, Floating Bridge, Pontoon Bridge



2. Noun. A float supporting a seaplane.
Group relationships: Amphibian, Amphibious Aircraft
Generic synonyms: Float

Definition of Pontoon

1. n. A wooden flat-bottomed boat, a metallic cylinder, or a frame covered with canvas, India rubber, etc., forming a portable float, used in building bridges quickly for the passage of troops.

Definition of Pontoon

1. Noun. (military) A flat-bottomed boat used as a support for a temporary bridge. ¹

2. Noun. A floating structure supporting a bridge or dock. ¹

3. Noun. A box used to raise a sunken vessel. ¹

4. Noun. A float of a seaplane. ¹

5. Noun. (card games) A card game in which the object is to obtain cards whose value adds up to, or nearly to, 21 but not exceed it. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pontoon

1. a flat-bottomed boat [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pontoon

1. 1. A wooden flat-bottomed boat, a metallic cylinder, or a frame covered with canvas, India rubber, etc, forming a portable float, used in building bridges quickly for the passage of troops. 2. A low, flat vessel, resembling a barge, furnished with cranes, capstans, and other machinery, used in careening ships, raising weights, drawing piles, etc, chiefly in the Mediterranean; a lighter. Pontoon bridge, a bridge formed with pontoons. Pontoon train, the carriages of the pontoons, and the materials they carry for making a pontoon bridge. The French spelling ponton often appears in scientific works, but pontoon is more common form. Origin: F. Ponton (cf. It. Pontone), from L. Ponto, -onis, fr. Pons, pontis, a bridge, perhaps originally, a way, path: cf. Gr. Path, Skr. Path, pathi, panthan. Cf. Punt a boat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pontoon

pontine cistern
pontine flexure
pontine gray matter
pontine haemorrhage
pontine nuclei
pontine veins
pontis nervi trigeminalis nucleus
pontobulbar body
pontocerebellar
pontocerebellar recess
pontomedullary groove
ponton
pontonier
pontoniers
pontons
pontoon (current term)
pontoon bridge
pontoon plane
pontooned
pontooning
pontoons
ponts
ponty
pony-trekking
pony cart
pony express
pony in the barn
pony keg
pony up

Literary usage of Pontoon

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"The latest form of pontoon for the English army is one with which the name of Colonel Blood, RE, is mainly associated. Its powers are given in the lowest ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"These pontoon trains and supplies, which were expected to meet us on our arrival at Falmouth, could have been readily moved overland in time for our ..."

3. Military Bridges: Including, Also, Designs for Trestle and Truss Bridges for by Hermann Haupt (1864)
"In inflating the pontoon, the stopple of the pontoon-nozzle is unscrewed, and at the same time, by the same motion, screwed on to the end of the ..."

4. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1902)
"In the United States Army, where the pontoon bridge was extensively and ... Such a train is divided into four pontoon divisions and one supply division. ..."

5. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1914)
"pontoon« Also editorial. Ills. 4000 w. Eng News —May 8, 1913. No. 41946. ... pontoon« The New pontoon Bridge at Constantinople. Illustrated description of a ..."

6. A Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Harbour Engineering by Brysson Cunningham (1908)
"Before investigating the case of the ballasted pontoon, it is desirable to reconsider the meaning to be attached to the term "centre of buoyancy" which we ..."

7. A Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Harbour Engineering by Brysson Cunningham (1908)
"Before investigating the case of the ballasted pontoon, it is desirable to reconsider the meaning to be attached to the term " centre of buoyancy " which we ..."

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