cooling tower


: a structure over which circulated water is trickled to reduce its temperature by partial evaporation

Examples of cooling tower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heavy metal is also an industrial pollutant and has been discharged from chemical plants, cooling towers and gas compressor stations. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 However, according to the city of Miami’s Building Department, the tower has an active permit for a cooling tower, a $1.5 million project. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 On a foggy January morning, the plant’s most imposing feature is its bank of cooling towers, conventional fare for an industrial plant. David Wagman, IEEE Spectrum, 30 May 2018 Just as in other industrial settings, cooling towers are an inherent part of the power plant’s steam cycle. IEEE Spectrum, 8 June 2018 Some in town believe that the plant will employ cheap Chinese labor, instead of local workers, and erect cooling towers to conceal ballistic missiles. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 To keep it cool on hot days, data centers need to pump in water — often to a cooling tower outside its warehouse-sized buildings. Matt O’Brien and Hannah Fingerhut, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 Depending on the type of cooling technology, a large water vapor plume may be produced from cooling towers, or heat may be released as warm water discharged to a nearby source. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Aug. 2020 Water in showers, hot tubs and cooling towers that are part of big air conditioning systems are all common sources of infection. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cooling tower was in 1876

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“Cooling tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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