tower

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noun

tow·​er ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tower (audio)
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 adjective
towerlike adjective

tower

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verb

towered; towering; towers

intransitive verb

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

Examples of tower in a Sentence

Noun a hill from which one can gaze upon the towers of that great and historic city
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The oldest ruins were stone towers and tombs from the early Bronze Age, a time sometimes referred to as the Umm an-Nar period that lasted from 2600 B.C. to 2000 B.C., archaeologists said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 People travel to the mill to take classes at the Savage Fencing Club and zip line at Terrapin Adventures, a massive outdoor playground with a ropes course, climbing tower and giant swing. Jillian Atelsek, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Biles also photographed her husband in a room with multiple scaffold towers and a canvas drop cloth on the ground. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Then again, there was nothing uptown, except for some mighty big office towers and a stray bar here and there. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 With more than 800 rooms (including an adults-only tower), four pools, two championship golf courses, a plethora of beachfront dining options, and a luxury spa, there's plenty to keep you, and the whole family, entertained. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 13 Feb. 2024 An airport-style monorail carries workers from 18-story company apartments to BYD’s office towers and research labs. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Thieves steal 200-foot radio tower in Alabama A small-town radio station in Alabama was knocked off the air after thieves managed to steal the station’s transmitter and 200-foot radio tower. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Industrial buildings and a low-income housing project were torn down, and Nationals Park and a new headquarters for the Transportation Department soon moved in — spurring an explosion of residential towers and waterfront eateries. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024
Verb
The spacious suite oozes with high fashion grandeur with its rich emerald green velvet textures and towering bronze four-poster bed. Anna Haines, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 To be classified as a seamount, the summits must tower at least 3,300 above the surrounding seafloor. Mark Price, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 How can a state boasting numerous picturesque views of the vast Pacific Ocean, the extraordinary peaks of Yosemite and the towering redwoods of Sequoia be perceived so poorly by the right? Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The 175-acre mountain hideaway is nestled in a clearing surrounded by towering Douglas Firs along the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 His release from prison, however, reintroduces a towering and divisive figure to Thailand at a tense political time. Helen Regan, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Spears has collaborated with the shop, founded by Sasha Zabar and known for elaborate ice cream dishes and towering hot chocolates, to create the Britney Brûlée. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 The entire backyard is fenced in with towering trees and plants that separate you from the neighboring properties. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 It is surrounded by towering megaresorts: the MGM Grand, Excalibur, New York-New York, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Rio Yamat, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tower was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tower. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tower

1 of 2 noun
tow·​er ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tower (audio)
1
: a tall narrow building or structure that may stand by itself or be attached to a larger structure
2
towered adjective

tower

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: to reach or rise to a great height

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