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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Laura Ogden and Liza Kugeler of Realm Interiors decorated this bedroom, in the turret of a Victorian in Winchester, for a very important client: Ogden’s 7-year-old daughter. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A bedroom designed to grow with its 7-year-old resident," 11 May 2018 Listed for sale at just under $2.7 million, the circa-1855 home sits on nearly an acre of land and features 13 rooms, an exterior framed by a piazza, and a central turret offering a wide view of the front yard. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "West Newton Hill home is named a ‘local landmark’," 5 July 2018 The first major challenge the team faces is a large group of enemies that include snipers, turrets and elite troops, requiring the different Javelin types to spread out and work together to take them down. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Anthem' Producer Promises Game Will Offer a "Totally Different Experience" Every Time It's Played," 5 July 2018 Seconds later high-explosive shells found their mark, ripping apart bulkheads and turrets. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 The turret includes two MMP missiles (Missile Moyenne Portée, or Medium Range Missile). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Tank-Killer Robot Could Revolutionize Ground Warfare," 14 June 2018 The Chestnut Street house was originally built as a farmhouse and was expanded into a Queen Anne style in 1900, including the prominent central turret, according to a report prepared for the Newton Historical Commission. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "In Newton, this multimillion dollar home could be worth more as a knockdown," 10 May 2018 The distinctive turrets of Calvary United Methodist Church soar above Baltimore Avenue. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 Canty was the top turret gunner and Perkins was a radio operator/gunner. David Owens, courant.com, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 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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