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 Each turret, equipped with metal ladder rungs, resembles a submarine’s raised tower. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 The hallways are full of laser turrets, deadly radiation leaks, and possessed former crewmates. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "System Shock 2 helped define survival horror — but it’s still in a league of its own," 11 Aug. 2019 Close-Up The turret spotted indicates the presence of a railgun. Popular Science, "Looks like China just installed a railgun on a warship, beating the U.S. Navy to the punch," 1 Feb. 2018 Armata is armed with a 2A82-1M smoothbore gun, 57-millimeter grenade launcher, and 12.7-millimeter machine gun, all mounted in an unmanned turret. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Field Testing Its New Armata Tank in Syria," 22 Apr. 2020 Gibbs's voiceover continues as a diver accepts the box of Joe’s remains and carries it to its final resting place under the turret gun. Sara Netzley, EW.com, "NCIS recap: Gibbs probes the wounds of Pearl Harbor," 15 Apr. 2020 Larger tubes also leave more room for turret adjustments, but only if erector tubes are not also enlarged. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Truth About Riflescope Brightness (And How to Pick the Best Hunting Scope for Low Light)," 7 Apr. 2020 Then German shells rained down on the Americans. Manning a 30-caliber machine gun in his tank turret, Goolkasian couldn’t return fire — no enemy was in sight. BostonGlobe.com, "For Gerry Goolkasian of Newton, the Battle of the Bulge barely lasted a morning.," 6 Dec. 2019 Daesh engineers equipped the ARVs with castle tower-like turrets made of steel plate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why ISIS Built These Mad Max-Style Moving Fortresses," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of turret was in the 14th century

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10 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Turret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turret. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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