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 One of those strikes brought a multi-story tower block tumbling down. CNN, 12 May 2021 Today, a 12-story tower block stands directly atop its point of impact. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Even dexterity board games have become digitized with a virtual version of Jenga and similar tower block games like Blockle or Table Tower Online. Star Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 The tower block is home to hundreds of people who take the elevator multiple times each day. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tower block

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tower block was in 1966

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“Tower block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tower block

: a very tall building that contains apartments or offices


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