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Definition of "tower" []

  • A building or part of a building that is exceptionally high in proportion to its width and length. (noun)
  • A tall, slender structure used for observation, signaling, or pumping. (noun)
  • One that conspicuously embodies strength, firmness, or another virtue. (noun)
  • Computer Science A computer system whose components are arranged in a vertical stack and housed in a tall, narrow cabinet. (noun)
  • To appear at or rise to a conspicuous height; loom: "There he stood, grown suddenly tall, towering above them” ( J.R.R. Tolkien). See Synonyms at rise. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tower" in a sentence
  • "For example, consider the widely accepted sixteenth-century ˜tower argument™ against the Copernican claim that the earth moves: the earth can't be moving, because a stone released from a tower will fall ˜straight down™ to the foot of the tower, and not land some distance to the west as apparently required by Copernicus."
  • "Before Gerald left the old tower (_my tower_) which was alone spared by the flames, and at which he had resided, though without his household, rather than quit"
  • "An ancient Roman tower, of which a few walls only now remain, on the route to Agen, was once a conspicuous object from the river: it was called _La Tourrasse_, ( "_enormous tower_" in _patois_), and many discoveries prove the importance of this place in the time of the"