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tower

noun tow·er \ ˈtau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 18 Dec 2017

Definition of tower

1 : a building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart (such as a campanile) or be attached (such as a church belfry) to a larger structure and that may be fully walled in or of skeleton framework (such as an observation or transmission tower)
2 : a towering citadel : fortress
3 : one that provides support or protection : bulwark
  • a tower of strength
4 : a personal computer case that stands in an upright position

towered

play \ˈtau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective

towerlike

play \ˈtau̇(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of tower in a Sentence

  1. a hill from which one can gaze upon the towers of that great and historic city

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Origin and Etymology of tower

Middle English tour, tor, from Old English torr & Anglo-French tur, tour, both from Latin turris, from Greek tyrris, tyrsis


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tower

verb

Definition of tower

intransitive verb
1 : to reach or rise to a great height
2 : to exhibit superior qualities : surpass
  • her intellect towered over the others'

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First Known Use of tower

15th century



TOWER Defined for English Language Learners

tower

noun

Definition of tower for English Language Learners

  • : a tall, narrow building or structure that may stand apart from or be attached to another building or structure

  • : a tall piece of furniture used to store something

  • computers : a personal computer that stands in an upright position


TOWER Defined for Kids

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tower

noun tow·er \ ˈtau̇-ər \

Definition of tower for Students

: a building or structure that is higher than its length or width, is higher than most of what surrounds it, and may stand by itself or be attached to a larger structure

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tower

verb

Definition of tower for Students

towered; towering
: to reach or rise to a great height


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