gantry
noun (plural gantries) Etymology: Middle English ganter, gauntree, from Anglo-French *ganter, from Old French dialect (Artois) gantier, from Latin cantherius horse of poor quality, rafter, trellis Date: 15th century 1. a frame for supporting barrels 2. a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: as a. a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks; also a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching b. a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

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  • Gantry — may refer to:*Gantry crane, a crane having a hoist fitted in a trolley for horizontal movement *Gantry (rocketry), the frame which encloses and services a rocket at its launch pad *Gantry (road sign), an overhead assembly on which highway signs… …   Wikipedia

  • Gantry — bezeichnet: die englische Bezeichnung für eine maschinenbautechnische Anordnung, bei der eine Brücke auf zwei Stützen fahrbar angeordnet ist, etwa beim Portalkran ein spezielles Bewegungssystem einer geometrischen Achse einer Werkzeugmaschine,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gantry — Gan try, n. See {Gauntree}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gantry — 1570s, originally four footed stand for a barrel, probably from O.N.Fr. gantier (O.Fr. chantier, 13c., store room, stock room ), from L. cantherius rafter, frame, also a gelding, from Gk. kanthelios pack ass, related to kanthelion rafter, of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gantry — is spelt in this way when it refers to any of various structures supporting a crane, set of railway signals, space rocket, etc. In the meaning ‘a wooden stand for barrels’, it is also spelt gauntry and pronounced gawn tri …   Modern English usage

  • gantry — ► NOUN (pl. gantries) ▪ a bridge like overhead structure supporting equipment such as a crane or railway signals. ORIGIN originally denoting a wooden stand for barrels: probably from GALLON(Cf. ↑gallon) + TREE(Cf. ↑treeless) …   English terms dictionary

  • gantry — [gan′trē] n. pl. gantries [ME gauntre, altered (prob. infl. by tre, TREE) < OFr gantier, chantier < L canterius, beast of burden, trellis < Gr kanthēlios, a pack ass] 1. a frame on which barrels can be set horizontally 2. a framework… …   English World dictionary

  • gantry — [[t]gæ̱ntri[/t]] gantries N COUNT A gantry is a high metal structure that supports a set of road signs, railway signals, or other equipment. On top of the gantry the American flag flew. ...the lighting gantries …   English dictionary

  • gantry — A frame structure that spans over something, such as an elevated platform that runs astride a work area, supported by wheels on each side. The term is short for gantry crane or gantry scaffold …   Aviation dictionary

  • gantry — UK [ˈɡæntrɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms gantry : singular gantry plural gantries 1) a large tall metal structure used for supporting lights, signals etc, or for moving heavy equipment on tracks 2) a large structure that is used to build and …   English dictionary

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