gantry

[gan-tree]
noun, plural gantries.
1.
a framework spanning a railroad track or tracks for displaying signals.
2.
any of various spanning frameworks, as a bridgelike portion of certain cranes.
3.
Rocketry. a frame consisting of scaffolds on various levels used to erect vertically launched rockets and spacecraft.
4.
a framelike stand for supporting a barrel or cask.
Also, gauntry.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English gauntre < dialectal Old French gantier wooden stand, frame, variant of chantier < Medieval Latin cantārius < Latin canthērius < Greek kanthḗlios packass

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gantry or gauntry (ˈɡæntrɪ)
 
n , pl -tries
1.  a bridgelike framework used to support a travelling crane, signals over a railway track, etc
2.  Also called: gantry scaffold the framework tower used to attend to a large rocket on its launching pad
3.  a supporting framework for a barrel or cask
4.  a.  the area behind a bar where bottles, esp spirit bottles mounted in optics, are kept for use or display
 b.  the range or quality of the spirits on view: this pub's got a good gantry
 
[C16 (in the sense: wooden platform for barrels): from Old French chantier, from Medieval Latin cantārius, changed from Latin canthērius supporting frame, pack ass; related to Greek kanthēlios pack ass]
 
gauntry or gauntry
 
n
 
[C16 (in the sense: wooden platform for barrels): from Old French chantier, from Medieval Latin cantārius, changed from Latin canthērius supporting frame, pack ass; related to Greek kanthēlios pack ass]

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gantry
1574, originally, "four-footed stand for a barrel," probably from O.N.Fr. gantier, from O.Fr. chantier, from L. cantherius "rafter, frame," from Gk. kanthelios "pack ass," so called from the framework placed on its back, from kanthelion "rafter," of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
In fact, the therapy system has many safeguards and the gantry movement was not
  a dangerous problem.
Older kids can challenge themselves as they use a replica gantry to load cargo
  from a container ship onto a truck.
These are actors playing real instruments but pretending to be puppets, with a
  puppeteer up on a gantry above pulling the strings.
Gantry cranes then unload the containers onto trucks.
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