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caisson

Noun

1 an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome [syn: coffer, lacuna]
2 a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition
3 a chest to hold ammunition [syn: ammunition chest]
4 large watertight chamber used for construction under water [syn: pneumatic caisson, cofferdam]

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English

Noun

  1. an enclosure, from which water can be expelled, in order to give access to underwater areas for engineering works etc
  2. the gate across the entrance to a dry dock
  3. a floating tank that can be submerged, attached to an underwater object and then pumped out to lift the object by buoyancy; a camel
  4. a two-wheeled, horse-drawn military vehicle used to carry ammunition (and a coffin at funerals); a large box to hold ammunition
  5. in architecture, a variant of coffer

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French

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/kɛ.sɔ̃/
  • SAMPA: /kE.sO~/

Noun

caisson

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Caisson may refer to:

See also

caisson in Spanish: Caisson
caisson in French: Caisson
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