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pont, noun

Origin:
Dutch, LatinShow more Dutch, ferry-boat, pontoon (from Latin ponto punt, pontoon, floating bridge, from pons bridge).
1. A flat-bottomed ferry-boat for crossing rivers, worked on cables or ropes.
1775 F. Masson in Philosophical Trans. of Royal Soc. LXVI. 279Oct 6th, we came to the pont or ferry.
1991 M. Holmes in E. Prov. Herald 17 May 27Travel via Kei Mouth. The pont at the river mouth operates daily from dawn to dusk. It easily takes a vehicle and trailer or boat and saves several hours of travel.
2. combination
pontman, a ferryman.
1815 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. II. 128 (Pettman)We stopped at the house of the ferry-man, or pontman as he is termed.
1987 Personality 4 Nov. 30He never learned to swim. ‘It was something I just didn’t think about when I applied for the job as pont man.’
A flat-bottomed ferry-boat for crossing rivers, worked on cables or ropes.

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