Definition of gantry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡantri/

noun (plural gantries)

1A bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, signals, or cameras: the TV cameras on gantries alongside the 17th and 18th holes [as modifier]: a gantry crane
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  • 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 tall framework supporting a space rocket prior to launching: an elevator took them up the gantry and inside the ship
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  • 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.
2(In a bar) a structure containing inverted bottles and fitted with optics for serving measures.
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  • They found a working bar complete with a stock of alcohol, a spirits gantry, bar stools and mats, neon lights and even a one-armed bandit machine.


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

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