conning tower


con·​ning tower ˈkä-niŋ- How to pronounce conning tower (audio)
: a raised structure on the deck of a submarine used especially formerly for navigation and attack direction

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Examples of conning tower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wind appeared to affect just one 3-point shot as the six-level conning tower and the scoreboard blocked most of the wind off the Pacific Ocean. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 12 Nov. 2022 He was initially cast in action roles in the saddle, the racecar, the conning tower and the spaceship. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 The sub’s conning tower, where the periscope is located, is painted with Japanese flags representing its kills – and a cocktail glass representing the rescue of the Dutch submarine O-19. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 15 June 2021 The vessel then begins to settle in the water, and as the process is continued, first the deck and then the conning tower go under water. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021 Soryu also has two dive planes mounted on the conning tower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Feb. 2021 The submarine suffered damaged to its sail, also known as a conning tower, where watchstanders are stationed and the periscope and antennas are located. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Feb. 2021 The bomb hit aft of the Grayback’s conning tower and the sub sank with the loss of her 80-strong crew. Fox News, 11 Nov. 2019 Survivors, however, reported sighting a submarine conning tower painted with a trotting red horse on a yellow shield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conning tower was in 1886

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“Conning tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

conning tower

conn·​ing tower
: a raised structure on a submarine used especially for navigation and to direct attacks

from earlier conn "to give directions for steering," probably from still earlier cond (same meaning), from Middle English condien, conduen "to conduct"

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