Definition of gantry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡantrē/

noun (plural gantries)

1A bridgelike overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, railroad signals, lights, or cameras.
Example sentences
  • The massive stanchions that had supported the crane gantry rails in the past now support the new steel-framed structures.
  • With the gantry crane on site, the new turbine is being unloaded and moved to its foundation.
  • The productivity of the terminal is expected to go up substantially once the gantry cranes are refitted by the fourth quarter of 2005.
1.1A movable framework for supporting and servicing a rocket prior to launching.
Example sentences
  • It will also be integrated and assembled in the mobile gantry on the launch pad and not in a final assembly building.
  • The shuttle launch gantry is equipped with seven 1,200-foot-long sliding wires, each attached to a basket similar to those used for hot-air ballooning.
  • Surface wind at the time of the rollback of the gantry surrounding the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle was as high as 36 knots.


Late Middle English (denoting a wooden stand for barrels): probably from dialect gawn (contraction of gallon) + tree.

Words that rhyme with gantry


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Syllabification: gan·try

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