tow·er·ing | \ˈtau̇(-ə)r-iŋ \

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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Other Words from towering

toweringly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for towering


elevated, eloquent, formal, high-flown, lofty, majestic, stately


ineloquent, low, undignified

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Examples of towering in a Sentence

He flew into a towering rage. the towering mountain peaks of the Rockies

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His towering header against England, in the dying seconds of stoppage time, showed his ability to produce a moment of magic under high levels of pressure, and his robust approach to defending could prove effective in the Premier League., "Everton Face Battle to Sign Colombia Sensation Yerry Mina as Turkish Giants Make £27m Bid," 5 July 2018 Without Payet pulling the strings, Atletico was untroubled until striker Kostas Mitroglou's towering header struck the post in the 81st. Jerome Pugmire,, "Griezmann brace leads Atletico Madrid to win Europa League trophy," 16 May 2018 Then came a towering plume of pink smoke on Thursday and a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, the island’s largest in 42 years, on Friday afternoon. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is squirting lava and toxic gas through new cracks in the Earth," 6 May 2018 It can be spread into a 13-by-9-inch pan and served in easy slices, layered in a bundt pan for a towering centerpiece or scooped into muffin tins for an on-the-go snack. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crumbly good: Classic coffeecake is just a starting point," 9 Jan. 2018 At last the baseball landed in the second deck, a towering blast that proved the difference in a 5-2 Dodgers victory. Andy Mccullough,, "Cody Bellinger's grand slam is the big blow in Dodgers' win at New York," 23 June 2018 Clemens fortified his own legacy last week by launching a trio of two-run home runs in Texas’ final two games against TCU, including a walk-off shot in game two and a towering lead-off blast in the finale. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Big 12 champion Texas prepares for conference tournament," 21 May 2018 Travis Shaw, who has been blistering the ball of late, got the home run derby started against right-hander Matt Koch in the first with a two-run shot – a towering blast that clanged high off the foul pole down the right-field line. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 2: Early long balls lead the way to a series victory," 16 May 2018 Trump's usual towering heels were in a matching color. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of towering

: very tall

: very powerful or intense

: very great or impressive


tow·er·ing | \ˈtau̇-ər-iŋ \

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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