tower block


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 His repertoire included the use of a monstrosity called the Helepolis (city-taker), a type of mobile tower block estimated to be between 98 and 131 feet tall, with a base of 69 feet. Charlotte Dunn, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Aug. 2022 On the ground in Ukraine, meanwhile, nine people in Mykolaiv were injured on Saturday — four of them children — following Russian strikes on a tower block there, the regional governor said. Meena Venkataramanan, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2022 That echoed Salesforce, which put up half of its eponymous San Francisco tower block for sublease in mid-July. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 The film begins with the recent arrival of nine-year old Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) and her family to a remote, East Oslo tower block, encircled by the dense wood that will serve as her playground. Erik Morse, Vogue, 9 May 2022 Georgio Petrovic, 21, was born a year after the bombing and lives in the same imposing, angular tower block. Marc Santora, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Tower block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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