turret

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tur·ret

noun \ˈtər-ət, ˈtə-rət, ˈtr-ət\

: a small tower on a building

: the part on a military tank, airplane, or ship from which guns are fired

Full Definition of TURRET

1
:  a little tower; specifically :  an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure
2
a :  a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool
b :  a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses
3
a :  a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall
b (1) :  a gunner's fixed or movable enclosure in an airplane
(2) :  a revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within it (3) :  a similar upper structure usually for one gun on a tank

Origin of TURRET

Middle English touret, from Anglo-French turette, tourette, diminutive of tur, tour tower — more at tower
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

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