"Gondola" also refers to the cabin of an airship, which is usually a small superstructure suspended from the bottom of the envelope.

On modern blimps, the gondola rarely holds more than four or six people. The gondola on a zeppelin, however, was much larger, and often accommodated staterooms, a bar and lounge, and a huge, nautical-style bridge.

Gon"do*la (?), n. [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.]


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.


A flat-bottomed boat for freight. [U. S.]


A long platform car, either having no sides or with very low sides, used on railroads. [U. S.]


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Gon"do*la, n. (Aëronautics)

An elongated car under a dirigible.


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