watchtower

noun

watch·​tow·​er ˈwäch-ˌtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce watchtower (audio)
ˈwȯch-
: a tower for a lookout

Examples of watchtower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The boutique property, which is actually a historic watchtower, comes with just a handful of rooms, ensuring supremely personalized service. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 Settlers soon installed a camera on a watchtower on the edge of Shilo, about 60 feet from his home. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 McBride played an explosives expert in the film and was given an earpiece to communicate with the set as his character was perched in a watchtower above the production. Zack Sharf, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 At the end of the road stands the barrier wall that fences off the refugee camp, and behind it, a concrete Israeli watchtower. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 The crack of gunfire goes off and Ramy falls to the ground, a second before the firework bursts into a red shower of flame above the boys — roughly 50 yards from the watchtower. Sufian Taha, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Her bones would grow old, and she would be buried somewhere beneath the floodlights and the watchtowers. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 The chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Randy Moore, told lawmakers in March that the agency was moving away from humans in watchtowers. Raymond Zhong Mark Felix, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 In recent weeks, Egypt has fortified its border with Gaza by strengthening border fences and adding surveillance measures, watchtowers and control sensors. Forbes International, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of watchtower was in 1544

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“Watchtower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watchtower. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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watchtower

noun
watch·​tow·​er ˈwäch-ˌtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce watchtower (audio)
ˈwȯch-
: a tower for a lookout

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