cooling tower


Definition of 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 Prime Day is already underway, bringing with it thousands of home deals on outdoor furniture, cooling tower fans, bedding, and, of course, this ZonLi weighted blanket. Sanah Faroke,, 13 July 2022 Phoenix is focused on reducing its own municipal use, such as by retrofitting a cooling tower at Sky Harbor Airport to recycle water and xeriscaping public areas that don’t need turf for outdoor activities. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 Officials said the biggest concerns are exposed rebar in the parking garage and corroded steel beams and pipe support for the cooling tower. Chris Perkins,, 14 Aug. 2021 The cause was a bacteria growing in the cooling tower of the hotel’s AC system. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 In addition to its convenient remote controller, the cooling tower fan has a sleek LED display on top that displays everything from fan speeds to even the temperature. Sanah Faroke,, 22 July 2021 In 2015, a single cooling tower in a New York City building was responsible for an outbreak that sickened 138 people and killed 16, some of whom lived blocks away. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Agreements were reached, and sometimes facilities were destroyed — notably the cooling tower for a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, which was blown up in front of CNN cameras. New York Times, 20 May 2021 On a video shot by Oakland civil engineer Gabriel Tcruz and posted on Twitter by his brother Rudi, the crane can be seen hoisting the huge cooling tower from the back of a flatbed truck. Sam Whiting,, 10 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cooling tower

1876, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2022

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“Cooling tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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