Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mount for a traveling crane consisting of a large archlike or bridgelike frame designed to move along a set of tracks.
  • n. A similar spanning frame supporting a group of railway signals over several tracks.
  • n. Aerospace A massive vertical frame structure used in assembling or servicing a rocket, especially at a launch site.
  • n. A support for a barrel lying on its side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A framework of steel bars resting on side supports to bridge over or around something.
  • n. A supporting framework for a barrel.
  • n. A gantry crane or gantry scaffold.
  • n. A cylindrical scanner assembly in the bore of which the response of bodies or tissues to some specific exposure can be detected for 3D imaging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See gauntree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as gauntree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.

Etymologies

Middle English ganter, gauntre, wooden stand for barrels, from Old North French gantier, wooden frame, from Latin canthērius, from Greek kanthēlios, pack ass, from kanthēlia, panniers at the side of a pack-saddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French chantier, Late Latin cantarium, from Latin canterius trellis, sort of frame. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For this scenario, Siplace offers short-term gantry rentals for up to four months, which can be renewed if necessary.

    Electronicstalk - electronics industry news

  • A difference with the Spaceport's installation will be the addition of a mobile gantry, which is to be employed for payload integration with the Soyuz erected in its vertical position.

    SpaceRef Top Stories

  • A further contributing factor is the fact that port equipment such as gantry cranes and straddle carriers, are not readily available in the market and most of the equipment is manufactured overseas on order and therefore generally has a long lead time (20 to 24 months).

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Proposals for an open-road "gantry" tolling system on I-80 are due Monday, for example.

    Market News

  • "gantry" is applied to the movable scaffold or frame, which in this case rests upon a pair of rails twenty-three feet apart, one of them being close to the edge of the quay.

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • At 8 p.m., teams swung open the 13-story rotating gantry at launch pad 39A to expose Discovery for fueling and flight Thursday.

    Discovery unveiled on eve of last launch

  • Nearby, the Chinese-built deepwater port, with its neat angles, spanking-new gantry cranes, and other cargo-handling equipment, appeared charged with expectation, even as the complex stood silent and empty against the horizon, waiting for decisions from Islamabad.

    Pakistan’s Fatal Shore

  • Those who look up will see the first highway-speed electronic toll gantry in the D.C. region.

    Q&A on Maryland's Intercounty Connector

  • For these two, the personal can never be untangled from the political since every move they make is overshadowed by the threat of Rome – literally, in Peter McKintosh's soaring set with its towering stone walls, iron girders, glass walls and overhanging gantry looming above and around the glittering oriental lamps and sumptuous fabrics of the Egyptian court.

    Antony and Cleopatra – review

  • There's no sign to tell drivers this, but Smathers has it right: It's one of those high things, a brown gantry that will either detect a driver's E-ZPass transponder or take a picture of the license plate so a bill can be mailed, based on the time at the gantry.

    Metro track work hours add up

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  • Nothing like a bit of ass in your etymology.

    January 4, 2013

  • Also the last name of Elmer Gantry, title character of the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

    January 19, 2008