tur·​ret | \ ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) , ˈtə-rət, ˈtu̇r-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) \

Definition of turret

1 : a little tower specifically : an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure
2a(1) : a revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within it
(2) : a similar upper structure usually for one gun on a tank
(3) : a gunner's fixed or movable enclosure in an airplane
b : a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall
3a : a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool
b : a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses

Examples of turret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a recent weekday, amid hulking vehicles parked in bays that line the repair halls, an employee drove a new Leopard into position, then used a crane to remove a turret that needed adjusting. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Kove, aka John Kreese, checked out the 5th Marine Expedition’s motor pool of armored vehicles, shouldered an assault rifle and hopped aboard a Humvee and a military vehicle equipped with a 50-caliber gun turret. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 Its multistory turret includes three round rooms: a family room on the main level, her daughter's bedroom on the second floor, and her home office on the third floor. Kathy Barnes, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 One famous example was the German Sturmgeschütz III, a turret-less armored vehicle that was often attached to infantry units. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022 The USS Monitor was the oldest and most important of them, as the first U.S. warship built with a revolutionary rotating gun turret, NOAA reports. CBS News, 6 June 2022 Javelin can engage tanks head-on or from above, firing a shaped charge down into the turret from above. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2022 The Panther’s turret is bigger with sharper angles and a much larger overhang over the engine compartment, the latter to both store larger, heavier main gun ammunition and to act as a counterweight to the new 130-millimeter main gun. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2022 Bleak Watcher turret always has the max stasis grenade cooldown. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of turret

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turret

Middle English touret, from Anglo-French turette, tourette, diminutive of tur, tour tower — more at tower

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“Turret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turret. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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tur·​ret | \ ˈtər-ət How to pronounce turret (audio) \

Kids Definition of turret

1 : a little tower often at a corner of a building
2 : a low usually rotating structure (as in a tank, warship, or airplane) in which guns are mounted

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