leaning tower


Definition of leaning tower

: any of many towers which are out of the true vertical and have a visible slant (as that of Pisa, Italy, which is 16¹/₂ feet out of the perpendicular in a height of 179 feet)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for leaning tower

leaning from present participle of lean entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leaning tower

Statistics for leaning tower

Cite this Entry

“Leaning tower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaning%20tower. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

Comments on leaning tower

What made you want to look up leaning tower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!