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

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As so often in history, the impetus came from the requirements of military technology: the need to cool the gun turrets and magazines of the Royal Navy’s fleet. Srinath Raghavan, Quartz India, "Imported US ice helped 19th century British officials beat Indian heat waves," 17 June 2019 Despite Lattimer’s warnings to stay inside, the tank commander left the turret and began signaling to other tanks for a pick-up when he, too, was killed. oregonlive.com, "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 Les Moulins was defended by two German strong points with concrete bunkers, a 50 mm cannon, machine guns, mortars and revolving tank turrets, according to historian Peter Caddick-Adams. oregonlive.com, "D-Day survivor: ‘Why were they killed and I wasn’t? Why?'," 5 June 2019 In addition to a spectacular view and A+ reviews, this Galway castle Airbnb boasts plenty of quirks, including several winding staircases, sheep and cows in the field nearby, and (of course) a turret. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Castle Airbnb in Ireland Looks Like It's Straight Out of Game of Thrones," 15 May 2019 Les Moulins was defended by two German strong points with concrete bunkers, a 50 mm cannon, machine guns, mortars and revolving tank turrets, according to historian Peter Caddick-Adams. The Washington Post, al.com, "D-Day veteran wonders why he lived when so many others died," 3 June 2019 Harry Estabrooks of Mound Valley, Kansas, flight engineer and top turret gunner; Sgt. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids," 19 Feb. 2019 Eighty years after the tanks first came off the production lines, building and maintaining five different turrets is still complicated. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'," 18 Apr. 2018 In 2008, the Charmoys bought and moved into a two-story modern stone house with a turret in La Palmeraie, an elegant upscale suburb within a natural, 54-square-mile palm grove. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 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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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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