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.
the card game twenty-one.
(nautical) a float, often inflatable, for raising a vessel in the water
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
“flat-bottomed boat” (especially one to support a temporary bridge), 1670s, from French pontoon, from Old French ponton (14c.) “bridge, drawbridge, boat-bridge; flat-bottomed boat,” from Latin pontonem (nominative ponto) “flat-bottomed boat,” from pons “bridge” (see pons). Pontoon bridge is first recorded 1778.
noun 1. a bridge supported by pontoons.
[pon-top-i-dahn] /pɒnˈtɒp ɪˌdɑn/ noun 1. Henrik [hen-reek] /ˈhɛn rik/ (Show IPA), 1857–1943, Danish novelist: Nobel prize 1917. /Danish pontˈtopidan/ noun 1. Henrik. 1857–1943, Danish novelist and short-story writer, author of the novel sequences The Promised Land (1891–95), Lykke-Per (1898–1904), and The Empire of Death (1912–16). Nobel prize for literature 1917
/Italian ponˈtormo/ noun 1. Jacopo da (ˈjaːkopo da). original name Jacopo Carrucci. 1494–1556, Italian mannerist painter
[pon-tuh s] /ˈpɒn təs/ noun 1. an ancient country in NE Asia Minor, bordering on the Black Sea: later a Roman province. 2. Also, Pontos [pon-tos] /ˈpɒn tɒs/ (Show IPA). the ancient Greek personification of the sea. /ˈpɒntəs/ noun 1. an ancient region of NE Asia Minor, on the Black Sea: became a kingdom in […]