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Caisson meaning

caisson - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. A four- wheeled carriage for conveying ammunition, consisting of two parts, a body and a limber. In light field batteries there is one caisson to each piece, having two ammunition boxes on the body, and one on the limber.
  2. 2. A water- tight box, of timber or iron within which work is carried on in building foundations or structures below the water level.
  3. 3. A hollow floating box, usually of iron, which serves to close the entrances of docks and basins.
  4. 4. A structure, usually with an air chamber, placed beneath a vessel to lift or float it.
  5. 5. A sunk panel of ceilings or soffits.

caisson - examples of usage

  1. A few moments later, from a little eminence, I saw a shot take effect on a team of horses; and a heavy caisson was overturned directly in the centre of the bridge, barring all advance, while the mass of soldiers, civilians, and nondescript army followers, thus detained under fire, became perfectly wild with terror. - "His Sombre Rivals", E. P. Roe.
  2. The caisson was soon removed, and the throng rushed on. - "His Sombre Rivals", E. P. Roe.
  3. The explosion of a particular caisson, the shriek of a special shell, will ring in one's ears for life. - "The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915", Basil L. Gildersleeve.
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