tower block


chiefly British
: a tall building (such as a high-rise apartment building)

Examples of tower block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfinished tower blocks in Los Angeles that have become a destination for vandals, graffiti artists and BASE jumping thrill-seekers have cost 3,000 hours of police time so far, authorities said Tuesday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2024 In the film, helmed by Andrew Haigh, Scott stars as Adam, a man in contemporary London who has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor, Mescal’s Harry, one night near his tower block. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2023 Last year, Mustafa bought an apartment on the eleventh floor of a new tower block in Antakya. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 The incident comes two weeks after a tower block in the southwestern city of Abadan collapsed due to shoddy construction work, triggering anti-corruption protests in a traditionally restive region that’s also the center of Iran’s oil industry. Golnar Motevalli,, 8 June 2022 Ahmed lives with his parents and willful younger sister, Dalila (Mahia Zrouki), in a tower block in the Parisian suburbs, and works for his more traditionalist cousin Karim (Bellamine Abdelmalek) alongside his earthy best friend Saidou (Diong Kéba Tacu) as a mover. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 7 Nov. 2021 The original film found a gang of criminally-minded teenagers facing off against alien creatures in and around a London tower block. Clark Collis,, 27 Jan. 2023 The spark appeared to be a fire in a tower block in the city of Urumqi, in the northwest Xinjiang region, which killed 10 people. Time, 1 Dec. 2022 During an intense round of fighting with Hamas in May 2021, Israel drew global condemnation for destroying a tower block in Gaza that housed the offices of The Associated Press and other media. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tower block was in 1966

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“Tower block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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