tower block


Definition of 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 The tower block is home to hundreds of people who take the elevator multiple times each day. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, "Covid-19 is taking elevator anxiety to the next level. This Indian tech company has a solution," 3 Aug. 2020 In the central town of Goettingen, the quarantining of 700 people in a tower block led to a riot on Saturday, as 200 people tried to get out. David Meyer, Fortune, "The pandemic’s unequal effects are becoming ever more obvious," 22 June 2020 Originating among the tower blocks of the Bronx in the 1970s, rap was ascendant by the time of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in the 1990s. The Economist, "Music and activism “RTJ4” voices the concerns of protesters in America," 9 June 2020 The Campus des Métiers, where Mr Koumbassa studies, lies in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, a neighbourhood of brutalist tower blocks with a poverty rate twice the national average. The Economist, "The president’s paradox Emmanuel Macron’s reforms are working, but not for him," 20 Feb. 2020 Likewise, tower blocks and air conditioning systems are very effective ways of insulating people from the mosquitoes that transmit Zika and other diseases. Time, "How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020 Tenants in tower blocks in Britain are typically advised to stay in their apartments when there is a blaze elsewhere in the building, as firefighters try to contain the flames. Rob Picheta, CNN, "British lawmaker suggests tower block fire victims lacked 'common sense' for following safety advice," 5 Nov. 2019 As a result, Mr. Tsang was with a half-dozen people at the protest on Tuesday in Tsuen Wan, a working-class neighborhood of residential tower blocks, when he was shot. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protests Led a Student to Activism, Then to the Point of a Gun," 1 Oct. 2019 At the heart of the plot lay Mranata’s creation, a brutalist tower block about seven storeys tall. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tower block

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Tower block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tower block

British : a very tall building that contains apartments or offices

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