Definition of gantry in US English:



  • 1A bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, railroad signals, lights, or cameras.

    • ‘The productivity of the terminal is expected to go up substantially once the gantry cranes are refitted by the fourth quarter of 2005.’
    • ‘After all three were seen on the lines and sitting on the rails, two climbed a signal gantry and interfered with the equipment.’
    • ‘With the gantry crane on site, the new turbine is being unloaded and moved to its foundation.’
    • ‘The massive stanchions that had supported the crane gantry rails in the past now support the new steel-framed structures.’
    • ‘Calatrava's tower seems the more absurd because it is to be close to the mighty gantry crane of the defunct Kockums shipyard.’
    • ‘Do you know how much business you can lose without a gantry crane?’
    • ‘This fixed-reactive component has an overhead gantry to which a frame is attached, and ride motions are fed through the axles and into the frame.’
    • ‘The gantries also carry cameras that record numberplates.’
    • ‘Then he was suspended upside down from an overhead gantry for some minutes.’
    • ‘One psychic described an airfield with a gantry and crane at a set of coordinates that placed it at the Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk.’
    • ‘Miniature traffic lights on the overhead gantry turn from red to green and drivers simply drop their clutches and bury their accelerator pedals.’
    • ‘Roadside gantries and enforcement equipment take up valuable road space and they could be difficult to install in a city with high urban density.’
    • ‘He cites examples of spaces in New York's Chelsea and SoHo districts, where sinks and hooks remain as testament to the past lives of a space; and the gantry and crane at Tate Modern.’
    • ‘Unfamiliar objects, camera gantries, floodlights and trails of wire stimulated considerable interest among the population of boarding students staying at the school.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Railtrack has announced that a signal gantry in the new-look Leeds station has been installed at the wrong height.’
    • ‘Sweeping past in endless succession were a forest of smoke-stacks, cooling-towers, pylons, transformers, scaffolding, flood-light towers and railway signal gantries.’
    • ‘One of the key components of an improvement in the port's ability to handle goods, particularly containers, would have been the provision of a gantry crane.’
    • ‘A gantry crane lifts the containers onto the ship.’
    • ‘All three types of equipment are on gantries which have gone up on roads around Leeds.’
    • ‘I have looked carefully at what is now proposed, which is generally a matter of relatively small traffic signs and modest cameras, rather than gantries such as some have supposed.’
    1. 1.1 A movable framework for supporting and servicing a rocket prior to launching.
      • ‘The shuttle launch gantry is equipped with seven 1,200-foot-long sliding wires, each attached to a basket similar to those used for hot-air ballooning.’
      • ‘Surface wind at the time of the rollback of the gantry surrounding the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle was as high as 36 knots.’
      • ‘The second stage of a Delta II rocket is prepared for its shift to vertical alongside the gantry at pad 17A at Cape Canaveral Air Station.’
      • ‘It will also be integrated and assembled in the mobile gantry on the launch pad and not in a final assembly building.’


Late Middle English (denoting a wooden stand for barrels): probably from dialect gawn (contraction of gallon) + tree.