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sponson

Class:

noun

Etymology:

altered from perhaps "expansion": originally applied to the platforms on each ...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Sponson | Sponsons

projections from the sides of a watercraft, for protection, stability, or the mounting of equipment such as armaments or lifeboats, etc. They extend a hull dimension at or below the waterline and serve to increase flotation or add lift when underway. ... (41 of 404 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

sponson

[navy] an outboard support for a gun enabling it to fire fore and aft | a semicircular gun turret on the side of a tank | a float or flotation chamber ... (29 of 250 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sponson

a projection on the side of a boat, ship, or seaplane, in particular | a gun platform standing out from a warship's side. | a short subsidiary wing ... (26 of 78 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

sponson

a projection (as a gun platform) from the side of a ship or a tank ; an air chamber along a canoe to increase stability and buoyancy | a light ... (29 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

sponson

a structure that projects over the side of a ship or boat; specifically, ; ... | a short, winglike piece attached to the hull of a seaplane just above ... (28 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

sponson

a structure projecting from the side or main deck of a vessel to support a gun or the outer edge of a paddle box. | a buoyant appendage at the gunwale ... (30 of 61 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

sponson

Any of several structures that project from the side of a boat or ship, especially a gun platform. | A short, curved, air-filled projection on the ... (25 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

sponson | sponsons [plural]

A projection from the side of a watercraft. (8 of 9 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

sponson | sponsons [plural]

a gun platform sticking out from the side of a ship. A gun can be mounted in such a way that it can fire both fore and aft. | a gun turret mounted on ... (33 of 125 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712410​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

sponson

Origin: altered from perhaps "expansion": originally applied to the platforms on each side of a steamer's paddle wheels

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Merriam-Webster:

sponson

First use: 1835

Origin: perhaps by shortening and alteration from expansion

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Collins Dictionary:

sponson

First use: 19th century

Origin: perhaps from expansion

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sponson

Oxford Dictionary:

sponson

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sponson

American Heritage Dictionary:

sponson

Origin: Perhaps alteration of "expansion".

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

sponson

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sponson"

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the Free Dictionary:

sponson

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sponson"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sponson"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sponson" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sponson

Google Dictionary:

sponson | sponsons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sponson"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sponson

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sponson"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sponso​01 word=sponson

YourDictionary Audio:

sponson

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sponson" by speech synthesizer

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