• "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."
    "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gondola the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
    • n gondola long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
    • n gondola a low flat-bottomed freight car with fixed sides but no roof
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Venetian law decrees that all gondolas must be painted black. The only exceptions are gondolas belonging to high public officials.
    • Gondola A flat-bottomed boat for freight.
    • Gondola A long platform car, either having no sides or with very low sides, used on railroads.
    • Gondola A long, narrow boat with a high prow and stern, used in the canals of Venice. A gondola is usually propelled by one or two oarsmen who stand facing the prow, or by poling. A gondola for passengers has a small open cabin amidships, for their protection against the sun or rain. A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.
    • Gondola (Aëronautics) An elongated car under a dirigible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gondola A flat-bottomed boat, very long and narrow, formerly almost the exclusive means of conveyance in Venice, on the canals, but now superseded in part on the chief canals by small omnibus-steamers. A gondola of middle size is about 30 feet long and 5 feet broad, terminating at each end in a sharp elevated point or peak, and is usually propelled by a single rower. (See gondolier.) Toward the center there is in some a curtained cabin for the passengers. Gondolas are now always black throughout, in consequence of an old law against extravagance in ornamentation.
    • n gondola A lighter or large flat-bottomed boat on the rivers of New England. In this use also gondelo, gundelo.
    • n gondola A small boat used to transport the passengers or crew of a ship to and from the shore.
    • n gondola On a railroad, a gondola car. See below.
    • n gondola A vase or bowl of decorative character having a wide mouth, and usually of greater breadth than height: a term applied especially to carved vessels in crystal, agate, and similar materials.
    • n gondola [capitalized] [NL.] In conchology, a genus of gastropods: same as Cymbium, 1. Fèrussac;, 1821
    • n gondola A coach of unusual size with a boat-shaped bottom and seats for eight or more persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gondola gon′do-la a long, narrow boat (averaging 30 feet by 4) used chiefly on the canals of Venice
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  • Bob Dylan
    “Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., dim. of gonda, a gondola; cf. LL. gandeia, a kind of boat, Gr. a drinking vessel; said to be a Persian word; cf. F. gondole, gondola, cup
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., a dim. of gonda—Gr. kondy—a drinking-vessel, said to be a Pers. word.


In literature:

Dugald had always a turn for the romantic, and nothing would suit him by way of a boat except a gondola.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
About mid-way of the train there was a gondola oil car.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
Suddenly our gondola made a rapid sweep round a tall corner.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
During Venice's prosperity, gondola regattas were held, and were events of great pomp and display.
"Harper's Young People, March 16, 1880" by Various
Gondola on the Grand Canal, 253.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
A violent bombardment immediately began and one of the exploding shells damaged the motor of the rear gondola.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
His Gondola is crumbling on the shore, The Penny Steamer's whistle racks his ear.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various
He had been seen often enough in the Leporelli gondola.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
She asked leave only to be left alone, and went about the city in a gondola in a quiet, scared, lost manner.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
It has been superseded, especially in Havana, just as steam launches are crowding out the gondolas on the canals of Venice.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

Lord was I of my garden-place of dreams,
Of heaping roses and swan-haunted brakes;
Lord of the doves; lord of the silver streams,
Of gondolas and lilies on the lakes.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Your gondola—-let Zorzi wreathe
A mesh of water-weeds about
its prow, as if he unaware
Had struck some quay or bridge-foot stair!
That I may throw a paper out
As you and he go underneath.
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning
Over the lapsing lagune all the day
Urging my gondola with oar-strokes light,
Always beside one shadowy waterway
I pause and peer, with eager, jealous sight,
Toward the Piazza where Pepita stands,
Wooing the hungry pigeons from their flight.
"Barcarole I" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Cow Powered Gondola At Killington.
The gondola will run from the Mountain Market area to the top of REX.
If you're here today, try gondola tomorrow.
Shoshone County Sheriff's investigators said the man who died in a fall from the Silver Mountain gondola Saturday had been warned several times to get back inside the car.
Someone called 911 shortly after 8:30 Saturday night, saying a man fell from the gondola .
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker's Gondola Ride.
Casa Rio's gondolas plied the river before barges.
Gondola Salad & Warm Poppyseed -Rosemary Dressing.
Skicrystal.com The route of the Crystal Mountain gondola, to be built this summer.
Readers' Choice: River Run Gondola, Keystone.
Gondolas Could be the Next Great Urban Transportation Device.
The K-1 Express Gondola will open again this weekend, conditions permitting.
FAIRBANKS — Ancient architecture, exotic restaurants, gondola rides and liters of gelato — the Tok School World Classroom Club experienced it all on a recent trip to Italy.
A gondola at night along the Grand Canal in Venice.
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will not open on Friday as originally scheduled, but the gondola will be running for those wanting to take scenic gondola rides.

In science:

The hardware modificati ons to the original systems, and the new data acquisition software which followed the 1997 flights, are discussed in Ap rile et al.9 . A parallel effort involved extensive modifications of an existing gondola and veto shield systems provided by the University of New Hampshire.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Fig. 8 - BEAST in its dome in W hite Mountain. The size of the instrument and components can be figured out by comparing with investigators in front of the gondola.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE
The balloon gondola and telescope is to be re-used for the STO THz astronomy flight in 2011 (see §6.1).
Astronomy in Antarctica
UC Santa Barbara provided a balloon gondola and Princeton trialled the “White Dish” experiment.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
The stabilized gondola (Huguenin & Magnan 1978) carried telescopes tuned for imaging observations in a bandpass centered at ∼200 nm and ∼15 nm wide.
Ultraviolet Sky Surveys