Sponson

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sponson (Shipbuilding) One of the triangular platforms in front of, and abaft, the paddle boxes of a steamboat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sponson Nautical, the curve of the timbers and planking toward the outer part of the wing, before and abaft each of the paddle-boxes of a steamer; also, the framework itself.
    • n sponson In a war-ship, a projecting structure in which a gun is placed: designed to enable the gun to be trained forward and aft.
    • sponson In ship-building, to be fitted with a sponson, or to have a projection from the side of a vessel of the form of a sponson: usually followed by out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sponson spon′son the curve of the timbers and planking towards the outer part of the wing, before and abaft each of the paddle-boxes of a steamer
    • Sponson Also Spon′sing
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Usage

In literature:

The cutter jingled her full-speed bell while the tackle was still lifting the sponson boat.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
The hull is constructed of iron, and is of the following dimensions: Length 60 ft.; beam 16 ft.; over sponsons 25 ft.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 443, June 28, 1884" by Various
The night was spent in fitting on the sponsons to the sides of the machines.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
There was a sudden flash from one of her sponsons, a puff of smoke, and then the roar of a six-inch gun.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
His tun of a torso bulged roundly out in front of me like the sponson of a battleship.
"Yellowstone Nights" by Herbert Quick
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In news:

Shipyard workers successfully install sponsons to USS Nimitz .
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