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 airplaneb : 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 toolb : a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses
Recent Examples of turret from the Web
Over the months that follow, Michael and Sue send us photographs of the guinea pigs playing within the fortress, its grand walls and turrets shrinking as time goes on.
The lights are synced with the curvature and height of the castle’s walls and turrets, and the whole shebang is set to a new arrangement by composer John Williams.
Armed with a new 125-millimeter main gun, an unmanned turret, modular armor, and an active protection system designed to shoot down incoming missiles, the vehicle has caused a stir within NATO's tank community.
The ramparts, drawbridge, and witch-hat turrets are restored remnants of Cathar history.
Last summer, four men were shot in front of the neighborhood’s signature entrance — the four-story turret of Big Ben Liquor Store that looms over New York Avenue and North Capitol Street.
Steve visited the now-dormant ship about 20 years ago and saw the guns, the turrets, the hammocks, the bunk that still sported his father's name, the snapshots of the stories his father had shared.
The nomination application gushed about the one-story, polygonal wraparound porch that enclosed a large square turret tower -- classic Queen Anne features.
Known for its statement turret and classic Tudor-style architecture, rarely does a home with as much charm or character as 401 Race St. come to market.
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TURRET Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of turret for Students
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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