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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And hey, there are turrets at the entrance now to cut down on griefing. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam moved 15 exabytes of data in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 The turret serves as an entryway on the first level and a stately library upstairs. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "English Tudor with horse barn in Bath seeks $895,000: Akron House of the Week," 29 Jan. 2018 Army developers say the A7 has a turret ring down revamp, including a new hull along with a new suspension and power-train. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army builds new self-propelled Howitzer - cannon will hit 43.5 miles," 28 Aug. 2018 For Witherspoon, who grew up in a 1930s brick house in Nashville, the elaborate stonework, arches, soaring fireplaces, and turrets of the Libbey Ranch were magical. David A. Keeps, ELLE Decor, "Charmed Circle: Reese Witherspoon's Ojai Home," 30 July 2012 The heavy tank had five turrets instead of just one, including one 76.2-millimeter anti-personnel gun, two 45-millimeter anti-tank guns, and six Degtyarev machine guns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'," 18 Apr. 2018 Built in 1904 and dubbed the Greathouse House, the home features an unusual octagonal turret and an abundance of intact historical detail. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "This Man is Selling His Historic Fort Worth Home for $1," 9 Dec. 2016 The game booth uses a 130-inch 4K screen to allow up to four players to play, manning four turrets in the game console, which allows them to fight across six levels. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Microsoft’s Halo arcade game is now deployed to Dave & Busters across the US and Canada," 11 Aug. 2018 The school looks like a house-sized castle, with a bright marigold facade, orange turrets and blue rooftops. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 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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