tower block


Definition of tower block

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

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Its skeleton and giant winch-wheel loom over a tangle of highways and communist-era tower blocks. The Economist, "How the capital of Poland’s coal belt is reinventing itself," 5 Sep. 2019 Five miles away Chelmsley Wood, whose tower blocks absorbed Birmingham’s post-war slum clearances, was 72% for Leave. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 Seventy-two people were killed, many of them children, in the blaze that tore up the 24-story residential tower block. Hilary Clarke, CNN, "Grenfell Tower victims remembered with silent walk one year after fire," 14 June 2018 TOPSHOT - Fire engulfs Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block on June 14, 2017 in west London. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Grenfell Tower fire inquiry opens with tributes to victims," 21 May 2018 Puffs of thunderhead smoke rising between tower blocks. Louise Doughty, New York Times, "A War Correspondent Comes Home, Bringing War With Her," 20 Apr. 2018 In tearful tributes, families told of final phone calls with those trapped as the fire swept through and of frantic journeys to the low-income tower block in search of them. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Emotional Tributes Open First Phase of Inquiry Into London’s Grenfell Fire," 21 May 2018 Cladding on hundreds of tower blocks across England which was tested in the aftermath of the fire failed safety tests. James Masters, CNN, "Grenfell Tower review stops short of calling for cladding ban," 17 May 2018 In the suburb of Wolfen Nord, boards are nailed over the windows of old factories, and communist-era tower blocks stand empty. The Economist, "Ceçi n’est pas un hype!Germany may be rich, but inequalities are widening," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tower block

1966, in the meaning defined above

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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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