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


altitudinous, high, lofty, tall


low, low-lying, short, squat

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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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My primary testing level, a campaign battle through a French forest, includes plumes of smoke, towering flames, and dense forest scenes that only rarely reflect off of puddles and lakes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 Of French, Brazilian and Lebanese background, Ghosn also is a towering corporate figure in France, where Renault is one of the heavyweight industrial survivors. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Renault board: Ghosn to remain CEO while detained in Japan," 19 Nov. 2018 The first images of the red velvet confection by Sophie Cabot show five towering tiers decorated with deep orange and green foliage in keeping with the seasonal theme. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your First Look at Princess Eugenie's Red Velvet Wedding Cake," 6 Oct. 2018 The towering choice in hair received a more simple makeup palette. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Appears on the September "Vogue Brazil" Cover," 29 Aug. 2018 Chimes at Midnight, a particularly towering work, disappeared in murky legal disputes. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Netflix’s Orson Welles revival is strange, fascinating, and frustrating," 1 Nov. 2018 Maybe the most conservative Democrat in the Senate and a towering figure in West Virginia politics. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 10 most important Senate elections, briefly explained," 18 Sep. 2018 That race was shadowed by the death of John McCain, a towering figure who represented Arizona in the Senate for six terms. Julie Pace, The Seattle Times, "Liberal Gillum, Trump-backed DeSantis win Florida primaries," 28 Aug. 2018 Since his death was announced, fellow politicians and world figures have also taken to social media to express their condolences and remember the towering political figure. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand, and More Pay Tribute to John McCain," 26 Aug. 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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