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Gondola Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    gondola n
  1. a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof [syn: gondola car]
  2. long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
  3. car suspended from an airship and carrying personnel and cargo and power plant [syn: car]
Gondola Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Gondola \Gon"do*la\, n. (A["e]ronautics) An elongated car under a dirigible.
Gondola Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.]

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Gondola'


The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. For centuries gondolas were once the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. It is similar to punting, except it uses an oar to propel it instead of a pole.

The gondola is propelled by a person (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and rows with a forward stroke, followed by a compensating backward stroke. Contrary to popular belief, the gondola is never poled like a punt as the waters of Venice are too deep. Until the early 20th century, as many photographs attest, gondolas were often fitted with a "felze", a small cabin, to protect the passengers from the weather or from onlookers. Its windows could be closed with louvered shutters—the original "venetian blinds". After the elimination of the traditional felze—possibly in response to tourists complaining that it blocked the view—there survived for some decades a kind of vestigial summer awning, known as the "tendalin" (these can be seen on gondolas as late as the mid-1950s, in the film Summertime). A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.

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  • Plan proposes gondola between Brooklyn and Manhattan
    NEW YORK CITY — A new plan would have New York City commuters riding high between Brooklyn and Manhattan, instead of sweating it out in cramped subways underground, the Huffington Post reported. Read more on this news related to 'Gondola'
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    Move over, East River Ferry. There's a new game in town. A top real estate executive from Brooklyn is proposing a high-speed sky gondola to transport commuters from the Brooklyn waterfront to Manhattan and ease congestion on ferries, subways and bridges. Read more on this news related to 'Gondola'
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    Williamsburg has a problem. The neighborhood's become so popular so quickly that some fear local infrastructure will buckle under the exploding population. Anybody who's ridden the L train lately knows this problem all too well. But that's nothing a few crazy people and a gondola can't solve. Read more... Read more on this news related to 'Gondola'

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