watch·​tow·​er | \ ˈwäch-ˌtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce watchtower (audio) , ˈwȯch-\

Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a lookout

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Its watchtowers are crenelated and the wall itself is as thick as 12 feet in some places. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "My father left Bulgaria when he was 14. Nearly 7 decades later, we visit as a family.," 4 July 2019 The watchtower, which dates back to the 8th century B.C., was revealed during recent excavations by Israel Defense Forces troops working under the direction of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Fox News, "Ancient city gate from the time of King David discovered in Israel," 21 June 2019 Archaeologists guided by laser images of a remote region of northern Guatemala have discovered 20-foot-high walls, watchtowers, and other evidence that ancient Maya societies waged large-scale warfare over many years. National Geographic, "Lasers reveal Maya war ruins," 1 Mar. 2019 When combined with the network of watchtowers, the fortifications look even more strategic. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 This gleaming watchtower, the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, showcases the history of the country through artifacts. Charu Suri, WSJ, "An Insider’s Guide to Abu Dhabi—High and Low," 13 Dec. 2018 Facilities seen by The Wall Street Journal on recent visits to Xinjiang and others described by former detainees are prisonlike, surrounded by high walls, watchtowers and razor wire. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China Faces Off With Critics of Muslim Detentions," 6 Nov. 2018 Satellite imagery of all 28 facilities showed high-security features resembling prisons, with significant fencing to restrict the movement of people inside, watchtowers, and strategic barricades with only a small number of entry points. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "China Supersizes Internment Camps in Xinjiang Despite International Criticism," 1 Nov. 2018 The store will also be shaped like a medieval watchtower, so uh, look out for that. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Boring Company gets approval to build a tunnel connecting a garage to a hyperloop," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of watchtower

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 How to pronounce watchtower (audio) \

Kids Definition of watchtower

: a tower for a guard or watchman

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