pontoon

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French ponton, from Latin ponto (ferryboat), from pons (bridge).

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pontoon (plural pontoons)

  1. (military) A flat-bottomed boat used as a support for a temporary bridge.
  2. A floating structure supporting a bridge or dock.
  3. A box used to raise a sunken vessel.
  4. A float of a seaplane.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from vingt-un, an obsolete variant of vingt-et-un, from French, literally vingt-et-un (twenty-one).

Noun[edit]

pontoon (uncountable)

  1. (card games) A card game in which the object is to obtain cards whose value adds up to, or nearly to, 21 but not exceed it.
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