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tower

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noun tow·er \ˈtau̇(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of tower

  • : a tall, narrow building or structure that may stand apart from or be attached to another building or structure

  • : a tall piece of furniture used to store something

  • computers : a personal computer that stands in an upright position

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tower

  1. 1 :  a building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart (as a campanile) or be attached (as a church belfry) to a larger structure and that may be fully walled in or of skeleton framework (as an observation or transmission tower)

  2. 2 :  a towering citadel :  fortress

  3. 3 :  one that provides support or protection :  bulwark <a tower of strength>

  4. 4 :  a personal computer case that stands in an upright position

towered play \ˈtau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective
towerlike play \ˈtau̇(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of tower in a sentence

  1. <a hill from which one can gaze upon the towers of that great and historic city>



Origin of tower

Middle English tour, tor, from Old English torr & Anglo-French tur, tour, both from Latin turris, from Greek tyrris, tyrsis


First Known Use: before 12th century


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tower

intransitive verb tow·er

Definition of tower

  1. 1 :  to reach or rise to a great height

  2. 2 :  to exhibit superior qualities :  surpass <her intellect towered over the others'>



15th Century

First Known Use of tower

15th century

Rhymes with tower



TOWER Defined for Kids

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tower

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noun tow·er \ˈtau̇-ər\

Definition of tower for Students

  1. :  a building or structure that is higher than its length or width, is higher than most of what surrounds it, and may stand by itself or be attached to a larger structure




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tower

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verb tow·er

Definition of tower for Students

toweredtowering

  1. :  to reach or rise to a great height





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