Military. a boat or some other floating structure used as one of the supports for a temporary bridge over a river.
a float for a derrick, landing stage, etc.
Nautical. a float for raising a sunken or deeply laden vessel in the water; a camel or caisson.
a seaplane float.
- Also pon·ton [pon-tn]. /ˈpɒn tn/.
Other definitions for pontoon (2 of 2)
the card game twenty-one.
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How to use pontoon in a sentence
It rained shortly after dawn, leaving the skies an ominously gunmetal gray, but the pontoon boat tour was still a go.On Virginia’s Chincoteague Island — all this and ponies, too | Nevin Martell | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The lake is also popular for pontoon boats, water skiing and tubing.A visitor’s guide to Deep Creek Lake, Smith Mountain Lake and Lake Anna | Amanda Loudin | June 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Floating bridges elsewhere in the world tend to span separate pontoons that are spaced out like stepping stones, Rodda says.
And, with limited money and time, I can't help it, visiting them, and tooling around on a pontoon boat or walking to an adorable ice cream shop, feels more restful and rejuvenating than driving with my mom to the failing Food Lion.Carolyn Hax: The parents vs. the pontoon boat: A vacation conundrum | Carolyn Hax | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Though it can stand on land, Prvok was specially designed to live on a pontoon.This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | June 30, 2020 | Singularity Hub
You stand on an unsteady pontoon bridge spanning the Tigris River in a township called Adh Dhouloueya.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You guard the pontoon bridge with a squad of Iraqi Army soldiers and a single interpreter.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While we have not definitively located the video, in one video tanks can be seen crossing a pontoon bridge into Ukraine.Russia’s Military Is Already in East Ukraine. Will There Be a Full-Scale Invasion? | James Miller | August 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He proceeded to use five pontoon bridges to get his troops across the Rappahannock River.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Sometimes a girder is rolled out about one-third of its length, and then supported on a floating pontoon.
In leaving the pontoon for the offing, the various craft increase in size as the water deepens.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
As the real channel is approached, the bridge stops abruptly, and a series of pontoon-like barges takes the place of it.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
On the 14th and 15th, by means of his pontoon bridges near Wilcox's Landing, Grant crossed to the south side of the river.Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B., 27th N.C. Regiment | John A. Sloan
British Dictionary definitions for pontoon (1 of 2)
a watertight float or vessel used where buoyancy is required in water, as in supporting a bridge, in salvage work, or where a temporary or mobile structure is required in military operations
(as modifier): a pontoon bridge
nautical a float, often inflatable, for raising a vessel in the water
British Dictionary definitions for pontoon (2 of 2)
Also called: (esp US) twenty-one, vingt-et-un a gambling game in which players try to obtain card combinations worth 21 points
(in this game) the combination of an ace with a ten or court card when dealt to a player as his first two cards
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