watch·tow·er | \ˈwäch-ˌtau̇(-ə)r, ˈwȯch-\

Definition of watchtower 

: a tower for a lookout

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On the Israeli side, civilians sought vantage points with binoculars and cameras, straining to see the action from kibbutz watchtowers or outcroppings of farmland. David M. Halbfinger, Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "10 Killed in Gaza as Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018 From the top of the watchtower at Fordson High School, metro Detroit can be seen in all directions, for miles. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 June 2018 At the McAllen processing station, security contractors are posted at watchtowers. NBC News, "Obama asks America to end family separation at border as Trump backs down," 20 June 2018 The 528-square-mile zone is a sparsely populated strip marked by watchtowers, tank traps and barbed wire that extends several miles south from the DMZ. Yun-hwan Chae, WSJ, "Hot Property in Korea: Great View of the DMZ, May Have Land Mines," 7 June 2018 The produce boxes stand outside the storerooms like unoccupied watchtowers, the workers returning over and over again to retrieve unlimited pallets of fruits and vegetables. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 In a rare instance, a New Hampshire World War II watchtower will be open to the public in honor of Memorial Day., "New England news in brief," 28 May 2018 The wildfire started late last week, spotted from a watchtower overlooking the Coconino National Forest. Felicia Fonseca, Fox News, "Dry conditions, strong winds worry firefighters in Arizona," 2 May 2018 During their visit to Sachsenhausen, the teenagers huddled around their guide in the vast triangular courtyard of the camp, its perimeter still dotted with watchtowers. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "‘Never Again’: Fighting Hate in a Changing Germany With Tours of Nazi Camps," 11 Mar. 2018

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1544, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of watchtower

: a tower that is used by a person who guards or watches a place


watch·tow·er | \ˈwäch-ˌtau̇-ər \

Kids Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a guard or watchman

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