turret

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noun tur·ret \ˈtər-ət, ˈtə-rət, ˈtu̇r-ət\

Definition of turret

  1. 1 :  a little tower; specifically :  an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure

  2. 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 airplaneb :  a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall

  3. 3a :  a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine toolb :  a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses

Origin and Etymology of turret

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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TURRET Defined for English Language Learners

turret

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noun tur·ret \ˈtər-ət, ˈtə-rət, ˈtu̇r-ət\

Definition of turret for English Language Learners

  • : a small tower on a building

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


TURRET Defined for Kids

turret

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noun tur·ret \ˈtər-ət\

Definition of turret for Students

  1. 1 :  a little tower often at a corner of a building

  2. 2 :  a low usually rotating structure (as in a tank, warship, or airplane) in which guns are mounted


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