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Meaning of PONTOON

Pronunciation:  pân'toon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a float supporting a seaplane
  2. [n]  a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge

PONTOON is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: amphibian, amphibious aircraft, barge, bateau bridge, flatboat, float, floating bridge, hoy, lighter, pontoon bridge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pon*toon"\, n. [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.]
1. (Mil.) 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. (Naut.) 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.

Note: The French spelling ponton often appears in scientific
      works, but pontoon is more common form.