• A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
    A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gallery a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
    • n gallery narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
    • n gallery a covered corridor (especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported with arches or columns)
    • n gallery a long usually narrow room used for some specific purpose "shooting gallery"
    • n gallery a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
    • n gallery a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
    • n gallery spectators at a golf or tennis match
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Additional illustrations & photos:

They had mounted to the high gallery that spans the space between pillar and pillar They had mounted to the high gallery that spans the space between pillar and pillar
Photograph gallery Photograph gallery

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on permanent display in the United States hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. It's a portrait of Ginevra di Benci, the wife of a politician in Florence.
    • Gallery (Naut) A frame, like a balcony, projecting from the stern or quarter of a ship, and hence called stern gallery or quarter gallery, -- seldom found in vessels built since 1850.
    • Gallery A long and narrow corridor, or place for walking; a connecting passageway, as between one room and another; also, a long hole or passage excavated by a boring or burrowing animal.
    • Gallery A long and narrow platform attached to one or more sides of public hall or the interior of a church, and supported by brackets or columns; -- sometimes intended to be occupied by musicians or spectators, sometimes designed merely to increase the capacity of the hall.
    • Gallery A room for the exhibition of works of art; as, a picture gallery ; hence, also, a large or important collection of paintings, sculptures, etc.
    • Gallery (Mining) A working drift or level.
    • Gallery (Fort) Any communication which is covered overhead as well as at the sides. When prepared for defense, it is a defensive gallery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.
    • n gallery An apartment of much greater length than breadth, serving as a passage of communication between the different rooms of a building, or used for the reception of pictures, statues, armor, etc.; a corridor; a passage.
    • n gallery Hence A room or building for the exhibition of works of art, or, by extension, a collection of such works for exhibition.
    • n gallery A platform projecting from the interior walls of a building, supported by piers, pillars, brackets, or consoles, and overlooking the main floor, as in a church, theater, or public library.
    • n gallery A narrow passage, open at least on one side, and often treated as a decorative feature, on the exterior or interior walls of an edifice, entering into the architectural design and at the same time affording communication between different parts, or facilities for keeping the building in repair. The name is sometimes given, by extension, to similar features intended only for ornament, and not affording a means of communication. Such galleries are usual in medieval churches.
    • n gallery The persons occupying the gallery at a theater.
    • n gallery An ornamental walk or inclosure in a garden, sometimes formed by trees or shrubs.
    • n gallery An underground passage. Specifically— A horizontal or inclined subterranean passage, whether cut in the soil or built in masonry, connecting different parts of a fortification, or a fortification with a mine or series of mines. In military engineering a gallery is an underground passage whose dimensions exceed 3 by 4 feet; when of less size, it is called a branch or branch gallery. See scarp gallery (under scarp) and counterscarp gallery (under counterscarp).
    • n gallery In zoology, a long narrow excavation of any kind made by an animal, as the underground passages dug by a mole, the boring of an insect, etc.
    • n gallery Nautical, a frame like a balcony projecting from the stern and quarters of a ship. The part at the stern is called the stern-gallery, that at the quarters the quarter-gallery.
    • n gallery In furniture-making, a small ornamental parapet or railing running along the edge of the top of a table, shelf of a cabinet, or the like, intended to prevent objects from being pushed off. In decorated furniture of the eighteenth century the galleries were an important feature. They were commonly of gilt bronze.
    • n gallery By extension, any company or group of interested spectators, as at a golf-match: a forced use.
    • n gallery Specifically, in écarté, spectators who are betting on either player and are allowed to offer suggestions.
    • n gallery A veranda; a piazza.
    • n gallery In a lamp-burner, the ring which supports the lamp-shade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gallery gal′ėr-i a balcony surrounded by rails: a long passage: the upper floor of seats in a church or theatre: the persons occupying the gallery at a theatre: a room for the exhibition of works of art:
    • n Gallery gal′ėr-i (fort.) a covered passage cut through the earth or masonry: a level or drive in a mine
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.”
  • Lewis H. Lapham
    “I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.”


Peanut gallery - An audience that interrupts, boos or heckles a performer, speaker, etc, is a peanut gallery.
Playing to the gallery - If someone plays to the gallery, they say or do things that will make them popular at the expense of more important issues.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. galerie, It. galleria, fr. LL. galeria, gallery, perh. orig., a festal hall, banquetting hall; cf. OF. galerie, a rejoicing, fr. galer, to rejoice. Cf. Gallant (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. galerie (It. galleria).


In literature:

If she could only gain the higher gallery she might hide in some dark corner.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The chief figure in the French hunting world of to-day is another descendant of the Napoleonic portrait gallery, Prince Murat.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
But there was no opening for him in the gallery yet.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Artificial galleries; a carved ornament near the stern of those vessels which have no quarter-galleries.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It stopped at last, and the men stepped out into a rock-hewn gallery.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
A gallery ran around above the cases, and this was filled with cots.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
At each corner of the hall is a staircase, leading to a gallery, 2 ft. 6 in.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
Who did you see at the picture gallery?
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
These adventurers have actually robbed the Louvre, the Vatican, the Pitti Gallery, the palaces of kings and sultans.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Numbers of Anthophorae cower, numbed and motionless, at the entrance to the galleries.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre

In poetry:

For that sweet incense rose and never fail'd,
And, while day sank or mounted higher,
The light aërial gallery, golden-rail'd,
Burnt like a fringe of fire.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
O throne of State and gilded Senate halls--
Though thousands throng your aisles and galleries--
How empty are ye! and what silence falls
On your hilarities!
"Morton" by James Whitcomb Riley
Now waters their orisons murmur
As they fold her bright robes to their breast,
Where they mirror the galleried windows,
And the flag and the face of the Blest.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The boat swims into the six-year weather,
A wind throws a shadow and it freezes fast.
See what the gold gut drags from under
Mountains and galleries to the crest!
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
He heard the voices of the pathless woods;
On the salt steppes he saw the starlight shine;
He scaled the mountain's windy solitudes,
And trod the galleries of the breathless mine.
"Humboldt’s Birthday" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And ever since the crimson day
Had faded into twilight grey,
She had been in the gallery, where
Hung, pictured, knight and lady fair,
Where haughty brow, and lovely face,
Show'd youth and maiden of her race.
"The Troubadour. Canto 1" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

For a closer look at the building, launch the photo gallery.
Cramped Corcoran Gallery still pondering what to do next.
This new photographic show at Sun to Moon Gallery captures local landmarks, such as the Dallas skyline and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Alyssa Ki/The Jersey Journal Bayonne vs Kearny Girls Volleyball on Oct 10, 2012 gallery (27 photos).
Emergency drill on Bayonne Bridge gallery (10 photos).
Vashon bursts with art for First Friday gallery cruise.
Collages by Tara Snowden, including this one titled "The Poisoned Garden," will be on display at Ignition Gallery.
Opening this gorgeous hunk of a book is like walking into a high-end jewelry gallery.
'BYOB' outdoor event will project films on gallery wall.
Photo courtesy Charlestown Gallery Artist Amy Goodwin celebrated the opening of her "Signs of Life" exhibit at the Charlestown Gallery last weekend.
Here's a quick Gallery of The State Farm Traffic Divas (no professionals were harmed during this photo shoot) View Gallery.
Asia After Dark at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery.
The FGCU Art Galley presents Romero Britto on Thursday Jan 7 from 6 to 9 pm in the main gallery of the Arts Complex, according to Anica Sturdivant, interim gallery director.
Thea Buxbaum, a gallery manager, and Gar Waterman, a sculptor, were married yesterday in New Haven at West Rock Studio, the couple's gallery, workshop and home.
HOWL Gallery/ Tattoo is a hybrid art gallery that brings together the best in contemporary pop art from across the country with a world class custom tattoo studio.

In science:

Galleries need fewer mobile guards: A variation on chvtal’s theorem.
Fast Approximation Algorithms for Art Gallery Problems in Simple Polygons
Maleki, 2003, “Whispering-gallery-mode electro-optic modulator and photonics microwave receiver,” J.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Maleki2007, “On fundamental quantum noises of whispering gallery mode electro-optic modulators,” Opt.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
Most of the equipments necessary to run a laboratory have been removed and the gallery entrance is closed by a concrete wall.
Possible Observation of Nuclear Reactor Neutrinos Near the Oscillation Absolute Minimum
These equations are general for any resonator experiments, including FabryPerot and microwave cavity experiments, and simplify the analysis for complex resonator configurations, such as whispering gallery mode resonators.
Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics