tow·​er·​ing | \ ˈtau̇(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce towering (audio) \

Definition of towering

1 : impressively high or great : imposing towering pines
2 : reaching a high point of intensity : overwhelming a towering rage
3 : going beyond proper bounds : excessive towering ambitions

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toweringly adverb

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Examples of towering in a Sentence

He flew into a towering rage. the towering mountain peaks of the Rockies
Recent Examples on the Web Father Denis, who entered the Cistercian order in his native Hungary in 1955 and was ordained in Austria in 1961, was known for his towering intellect and deep spirituality. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "The Rev. Denis Farkasfalvy, who for decades challenged others to grow at Irving’s Cistercian abbey, dies at 83," 21 May 2020 New York City has reportedly offered incarcerated workers jobs earning $6 per hour, a towering sum by prison standards. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates," 19 May 2020 Digging into a towering stack of pancakes at Casa Sedona Inn is the perfect way to load up on carbs before traversing the red-rock buttes on foot. Macy Sirmans, Travel + Leisure, "Everything You Need to See, Do, and Eat on an Arizona Road Trip," 19 May 2020 The poet was a hero, a seer, a towering figure (Yeats above all), whose themes were history, epic and elegy. The Economist, "Visions in the ordinary Eavan Boland died on April 27th," 14 May 2020 For an introverted too-small-for-sports kid from a broken family to become the gigantic towering artistry of Prince. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Steven Van Zandt remembers Little Richard in touching tribute: exclusive," 13 May 2020 The notice that the towering units had reached the end of their useful life and were now just 1.9 million pounds of scrap steel was routine. al, "They’re scrap now, but these cranes heralded boom times at Port of Mobile," 8 May 2020 Footage filmed by Doulaye Bonkano showed the towering wall of sand overtaking the city of Niamey. Fox News, "Massive dust storm engulfs capital city of Niger, residents describe 'terrifying' sight," 6 May 2020 There’s the golden, baroque Schoenbrunn Palace, and the towering cathedral of St. Stephen’s. Kate Krader,, "Forget Palaces and Art, Let’s Go to Vienna for the Cake and Wine," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of towering

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of towering was in 1592

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2 Jun 2020

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“Towering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of towering

: very tall
: very powerful or intense
: very great or impressive


tow·​er·​ing | \ ˈtau̇-ər-iŋ How to pronounce towering (audio) \

Kids Definition of towering

1 : rising high : tall Another match … illuminated a massive, towering, teetering pile of … soup bowls.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
2 : very powerful or intense a towering rage
3 : going beyond proper bounds towering ambition

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