gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Definition of gantry

1 : a frame for supporting barrels
2 : a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such 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

Examples of gantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Toll plazas wouldn’t return if tolls were re-established; tolls would be assessed electronically via gantries over the road. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Connecticut Republicans Not Sold on Tolls for Trucks," 28 Jan. 2020 London also relies on gantries and cameras that cost nearly as much, or $214 million, in 2003. Christina Anderson, Winnie Hu, Weiyi Lim And Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "3 Far-Flung Cities Offer Clues to Unsnarling Manhattan’s Streets," 26 Feb. 2018 At that point in the road, the highway splits between tollbooths and an open roadway with an overhead electronic toll collection gantry., "Man killed in Hampton, N.H., crash - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019 The University of Maine’s printer overcomes the problem of scale by suspending the printer’s business end—the nozzle that extrudes the ink—from a gantry. The Economist, "Giant 3D printers for making boats, bridges, buildings and rockets," 14 Nov. 2019 When a driver passes through a toll gantry, the app on the phone reads the trip info and the beacon signals the presence of a second qualifying passenger. Dallas News, "It’s easy to cheat a new system that offers half-price discounts for drivers on our HOV lanes," 5 Mar. 2020 The Democrats are seeking 12 overhead tolling gantries in the same spots proposed by Lamont — except for Route 9 in Middletown and on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk because trucks are not permitted on the Merritt. Christopher Keating,, "Gov. Ned Lamont, Democrats unite around truck-only tolls, rule out passenger cars in compromise," 26 Nov. 2019 Lamont and Republicans have talked repeatedly about the situation in Rhode Island, where gantries were erected to collect tolls only on trucks in 2018. Christopher Keating,, "GOP wants Gov. Lamont to put brakes on trucks-only tolling plan after Rhode Island court ruling," 6 Dec. 2019 But the key features, just across the border, are the giant gantry cranes more usually seen in the world’s ports. The Economist, "China’s Belt and Road China’s flagship foreign policy aims to put itself at the centre of the world once again," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gantry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gantry

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre tree entry 1) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius "horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines," akin to Greek kanthḗlia "panniers," (ónos) kanthḗlios "pack ass," both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language

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“Gantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Kids Definition of gantry

1 : a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals
2 : a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching

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