tower block

noun

Definition of tower block 

chiefly British

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

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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 Residents live in colored tower blocks, linked by walkways; also on-site is a nursery, a playground and a church. Mirren Gidda, Newsweek, "Black Lives Matter Arrives in Britain," 13 Sep. 2016 Many of the wide avenues and tower blocks of the new city on the edge of the Gobi desert are still empty. Bloomberg.com, "Xi Jinping’s Debt Clampdown Has Left a Trail of Dead Projects," 15 Jan. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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tower block

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tower block

: a very tall building that contains apartments or offices

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