tur·​ret | \ˈtər-ət, ˈtə-rət, ˈtu̇r-ət \

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

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One interesting detail to note is that the reproduction tank’s turrets don’t turn in either of the TV news reports, suggesting they are fixed in place. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'," 18 Apr. 2018 On the island of Ischia, near Naples, stands a fortress, a formidable set of battlements and turrets that seem to shoot out of sheer rock, with a vertiginous drop to the sea below. Sarah Dunant, New York Times, "Who Was Vittoria Colonna? Just One of Italy’s Great Poets...," 1 June 2018 Classic Jacobethan Revival features outside include a two-story turret with a conical roof, five fluted chimneys and contrasting stone quoins accenting corners. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Storied Cobbs Mansion has an indoor skate ramp and $77,632 tax bill (photos)," 18 May 2018 So too is Yamato, a warship so massive that each of its turrets weigh as much as a destroyer. Tom Nagorski, WSJ, "‘Battleship Yamato’ Review: Big Guns, Outgunned," 10 May 2018 Getting glam ready inside one of the Beekman Hotel's turret penthouse suites, 10 stories above Lower Manhattan, Ferguson began by brightening and sculpting her freckled complexion with a veil of Glamglow's chromatic Gravitymud Firming Treatment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How Model Hannah Ferguson Got Ready for Vogue’s Pre-Met Gala Party," 6 May 2018 The 1930s estate, now up for lease at $12,500 at month, opens to a stone turret entry and has more than 3,500 square feet of Old Hollywood detail. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Katharine McPhee seeks a tenant for classic 1930s home in the Hollywood Hills," 1 Mar. 2018 Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong to no official force. Max Fisher, Amanda Taub And Dalia MartÍnez, New York Times, "Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away," 7 Jan. 2018 Later this year, penthouses within the building’s turrets and with views to Edinburgh Castle, will go on sale starting at $3.3 million. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Inside One of The United Kingdom’s Hottest Real-Estate Markets," 20 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turret

: a small tower on a building

: the part on a military tank, airplane, or ship from which guns are fired


tur·​ret | \ˈtər-ət \

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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