Origin of caisson
Examples from the Web for caisson
Historical Examples of caisson
The guns stopped, the men got down from limber and caisson, the horses were unhitched.
The men were down in the road, lifting the horses, dragging with them at gun and caisson.
A caisson was struck, exploded with frightful glare and sound.
As the batteries come up from the river see that every caisson is filled.
It has two wheels, and carries ammunition the same as the caisson.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field
Charles Carleton Coffin
- a box containing explosives, formerly used as a mine
- an ammunition chest
- a two-wheeled vehicle containing an ammunition chest
Word Origin for caisson
1704, from French caisson "ammunition wagon, box, crate," from Middle French caisson "large box" (16c.), from Italian cassone, augmentative form of cassa "a chest," from Latin capsa "a box" (see case (n.2)).