Sponson



noun
1.
a structure projecting from the side or main deck of a vessel to support a gun or the outer edge of a paddle box.
2.
a buoyant appendage at the gunwale of a canoe to resist capsizing.
3.
Aeronautics. a protuberance at the side of a flying-boat hull, designed to increase lateral stability in the water.
noun
1.
(navy) an outboard support for a gun enabling it to fire fore and aft
2.
a semicircular gun turret on the side of a tank
3.
a float or flotation chamber along the gunwale of a boat or ship
4.
a structural projection from the side of a paddle steamer for supporting a paddle wheel
5.
a structural unit attached to a helicopter fuselage by fixed struts, housing the main landing gear and inflatable flotation bags

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