Definitions for caissonˈkeɪ sɒn, -sən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cais•sonˈkeɪ sɒn, -sən(n.)

  1. any of various structures used as a protective environment for workers, esp. one consisting of a pressurized, watertight chamber for use in underwater construction.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  2. a float for raising a sunken vessel. a watertight structure built against a damaged hull to render it watertight.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  3. a two-wheeled wagon, used for carrying artillery ammunition.

    Category: Military

  4. an ammunition chest.

    Category: Military

  5. Category: Architecture

    Ref: coffer (def. 4). 4

Origin of caisson:

1695–1705; < F, MF < OPr, der. of caissa box (see case2)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coffer, caisson, lacuna(noun)

    an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome

  2. caisson(noun)

    a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition

  3. caisson, ammunition chest(noun)

    a chest to hold ammunition

  4. caisson, pneumatic caisson, cofferdam(noun)

    large watertight chamber used for construction under water

Wiktionary

  1. caisson(Noun)

    An enclosure, from which water can be expelled, in order to give access to underwater areas for engineering works etc.

  2. caisson(Noun)

    The gate across the entrance to a dry dock.

  3. caisson(Noun)

    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. caisson(Noun)

    A two-wheeled, horse-drawn military vehicle used to carry ammunition (and a coffin at funerals).

  5. caisson(Noun)

    A large box to hold ammunition.

  6. caisson(Noun)

    A variant of coffer.

  7. Origin: From caisson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caisson(noun)

    a chest to hold ammunition

  2. Caisson(noun)

    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

  3. Caisson(noun)

    a chest filled with explosive materials, to be laid in the way of an enemy and exploded on his approach

  4. Caisson(noun)

    a water-tight box, of timber or iron within which work is carried on in building foundations or structures below the water level

  5. Caisson(noun)

    a hollow floating box, usually of iron, which serves to close the entrances of docks and basins

  6. Caisson(noun)

    a structure, usually with an air chamber, placed beneath a vessel to lift or float it

  7. Caisson(noun)

    a sunk panel of ceilings or soffits

Freebase

  1. Caisson

    In geotechnical engineering, a caisson is a watertight retaining structure used, for example, to work on the foundations of a bridge pier, for the construction of a concrete dam, or for the repair of ships. These are constructed such that the water can be pumped out, keeping the working environment dry. When piers are to be built using an open caisson and it is not practical to reach suitable soil, friction pilings may be driven to form a suitable sub-foundation. These piles are connected by a foundation pad upon which the column pier is erected.

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