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noun tow·er \ˈta(-ə)r\

: 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

Full Definition of TOWER

:  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)
:  a towering citadel :  fortress
:  one that provides support or protection :  bulwark <a tower of strength>
:  a personal computer case that stands in an upright position
tow·ered \ˈta(-ə)rd\ adjective
tow·er·like \ˈta(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of TOWER

  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


intransitive verb

Definition of TOWER

:  to reach or rise to a great height
:  to exhibit superior qualities :  surpass <her intellect towered over the others'>

First Known Use of TOWER

15th century
TOWERLIKE Defined for Kids


noun tow·er \ˈta-ər\

Definition of TOWER for Kids

:  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



Definition of TOWER for Kids

:  to reach or rise to a great height


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