caisson caisson  /ˈkeɪ sən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
  2. (n) a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition
  3. (n) a chest to hold ammunition
  4. (n) large watertight chamber used for construction under water

Usage(s):

  1. His remains were taken from the Ethnographic Museum, reverently laid on an artillery caisson, and drawn by 138 young reserve officers in a procession that stretched for two miles.
  2. The caisson and its bright-colored burden rolled slowly along, small in the broad street from which Franklin Roosevelt had so often waved to cheering thousands.
  3. Four tugs heaved at the seventh caisson, precisely long enough to fill the remaining 140-ft.

News

  • Coming home is bittersweet

    OLIVE BRANCH — In a solemn and moving ceremony before hundreds of onlookers at Olive Branch High School this past Saturday, the remains of the American servicemen of “Cap 72,” an intelligence gathering aircraft that was lost over Laos on February 5th, 1969, were brought onto the field by a horse drawn caisson and the casket was placed before those gathered for the repatriation service.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: DeSoto Times-Tribune

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