Meaning of tower in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtaʊə/

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  • 1A tall, narrow building, either free-standing or forming part of a building such as a church or castle.

    ‘the south-west tower is a wonderful example of late Gothic’
    • ‘Between them run narrow alleys affording breathtaking views over the roofscape and church towers of central Stockholm.’
    • ‘Higher buildings like church towers only have two traversable levels and much of the land is devoid of any low brush vegetation.’
    • ‘Churches, with high towers on buildings right in the centre of their community, are seen as ideal locations for the next generation of communication masts.’
    • ‘It was completely surrounded by an ancient wall - with turrets and towers - and old churches and cobbled stone streets.’
    • ‘They are known to use many human structures like barns, church towers and ledges of tall buildings as their daytime roost.’
    • ‘Climbing to the top of a tall building, a hill, or a church tower is a great way to get a feel for a place.’
    • ‘It runs along something of a ridge so we could see for miles to villages betrayed by church towers and spires.’
    • ‘Lisbon is all pastel walls and soft light; Porto has a more northern feel, with its granite church towers and baroque treasures.’
    • ‘The abbey buildings, huddled round the squat tower of the church, stood out sharp and clear against the pale outcrops of Dun-I hill.’
    • ‘The castle has six towers and some twenty distinct roof forms.’
    • ‘A church tower crashed to the ground and a mosque's silver dome caved in.’
    • ‘Located between mid-rise warehouses and residential towers, this building mediates the variations in scale and context.’
    • ‘I look out the window, at the turrets and towers of the renovated castle, and wonder how I got here in the first place.’
    • ‘After that they started a long trek up to one of the tallest towers of the castle.’
    • ‘It was in the tallest tower of the castle, and it was dimly lit.’
    • ‘The database includes field elevation around the country, obstructions, buildings, tall towers and the like.’
    • ‘I imagined a massive white marble building with towers, turrets, the whole lot.’
    • ‘The principal vertical features are minarets or towers at corners (from which the faithful are called to prayer).’
    • ‘Most of the tall buildings and towers no longer stood.’
    • ‘The Anglican Church has given its blessing for mobile phone masts to be erected in two of its church towers in Yorkshire - just as long as they're not used to transmit porn.’
    steeple, spire
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    1. 1.1A fortress or stronghold in the form of or including a tower.
      fort, castle, citadel, blockhouse, burg, keep, tower, donjon, turret, bunker
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    2. 1.2the Tower
  • 2with modifier A tall structure that houses machinery, operators, etc.

    ‘a control tower’
    • ‘The armed separatist group placed bombs on two high-tension electricity towers run by grid operator Red Electrica.’
    • ‘Due to a hill between the television tower and my house, I rely on Austar for TV reception.’
    • ‘Operators of wind towers will tend to want to build them in mountainous areas with high winds and along shorelines and thereby ruin some beautiful scenic vistas.’
    • ‘On the right is the lifeguard tower and the Adamson House.’
    • ‘The men in the guard towers were waving their machine guns at us.’
    • ‘Here is a top-secret photo taken by one of our clandestine operatives of the guard tower at one of these camps.’
    • ‘Every cluster was in the vicinity of a cell tower, a radio or TV tower, or an amateur radio operator.’
    • ‘A company is building a huge cell phone tower across the road from my house and property at this very moment.’
    • ‘At the end, it was estimated that there were fewer than two dozen radio towers in operation and calls had slowed to a trickle.’
    • ‘A single man oversaw the entire operation from the command tower.’
    • ‘In the months and years to follow, it would harden into a massive barrier of concrete blocks, barbed wire, machine gun towers, and minefields.’
    • ‘Airport officials used another tower to maintain operations during the incident.’
    • ‘Its most outstanding feature is the Turret House, built as a gatehouse and hunting tower and constructed in the French style, possibly due to Mary's influence.’
    • ‘The balloon hit this 700-foot tall radio tower during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.’
    • ‘He got the fairgrounds, but other project aspects, such as a bid to build the world's tallest antenna tower, faltered.’
    • ‘The Liberation Tower is the fifth tallest communication tower in the world.’
    • ‘But the controversy centers on radio towers and other transmitters, not car-radio antennae.’
    • ‘When testing for the safety of cell sites in Australia researchers used the TV towers in North Sydney.’
    • ‘Future studies may potentially elucidate ways in which humans can alleviate the toll of communications towers on migrating birds.’
    • ‘Initiate a Notice of Inquiry to assess the impact of communications towers on migratory birds.’
    1. 2.1with modifier A tall structure used as a receptacle or for storage.
      ‘a CD tower’
      • ‘Police searched his house on March 4 this year and a computer tower and storage media were found containing 95 images in total.’
      • ‘Her CD collection was arranged alphabetically in a tall CD tower, and she always kept her favorite ones of the moment on the top.’
      • ‘The tall grain tower was hardly anywhere near civilization.’
    2. 2.2A tall pile or mass of something.
      ‘ a titanic tower of garbage’
      • ‘I'd gone to interview her in 1994 and found a copy of it in a second-hand bookstore in Exmouth, crawling around on the floor to explore the towers of books haphazardly piled there.’
      • ‘There are mini backlit towers of wine bottles stacked behind the bar, and each place is set with a spotless wineglass and crisp, white linens.’
      • ‘Invite the children to help you make a tower with the books and talk about favorite stories as you take the books out of the box.’


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  • 1Rise to or reach a great height.

    ‘he seemed to tower over everyone else’
    • ‘The group objected to the development's design and height, stating it would tower over the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘Tony towered over her, like he did while on the horse, like Fellini's women tower over him.’
    • ‘You wish you were wearing the boots with three-inch heels instead of the boots with one-inch heels so you could tower over him even more than you already do.’
    • ‘Big pines tower over the homes, flower boxes line stone walkways, and a wooden wagon wheel leans against one home in a gesture of artificial rusticity.’
    • ‘Its second-growth oaks, hickories, and sugar maples tower over the open pastures and fields of the lower slope and bottomland.’
    • ‘The weakness of the mother (who is admittedly ill) in comparison to her son allows the male to tower over the female.’
    • ‘A couple of old fir trees tower over the field, and yes, there's a house, a driveway, a garage, all well-kept.’
    • ‘Your cool new platforms make you tower over the guys - so what?’
    • ‘The trees which tower over the tables can't help but prove relaxing, something most desired when heading out for a drink after a long day.’
    • ‘They will tower over drivers from either side of slip road exits and entrances at junction three for the 12-month trial period.’
    • ‘This time a massive hydrogen bomb lifts its manmade plumes until they tower over the natural clouds.’
    • ‘Here, sheer limestone cliffs tower over gentle pastures and provide what many people believe is the finest scenery in the Alps.’
    • ‘It will tower over the community for years, a constant reminder of bureaucracy's triumph over democracy.’
    • ‘And every time we stand around the bar, they tower over me and block out the light.’
    • ‘They fear the development will tower over the estate, reducing privacy and blocking light to nearby homes.’
    • ‘Books tower over us and are crammed into every gap in the structure.’
    • ‘Bangalore is a city that just grows on you, the way its trees have grown, to tower over the landscape.’
    • ‘For the next two weeks it will tower over the stadium as it is used to manoeuvre the roof of the two-tier West Stand into place.’
    • ‘A major housing development in Colchester will tower over nearby homes, residents claimed today.’
    • ‘Rising to a height of 6 or 7 feet, these drawings tower over the viewer.’
    soar, rise, loom, ascend, mount, rear, reach high, stand high
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  • 2(of a bird) soar to a great height, especially (of a falcon) so as to be able to swoop down on the quarry.

    • ‘The big ticket item was a US Air Force B1 Bomber, which towered over the surrounding displays like a massive bird of prey.’


Old English torr, reinforced in Middle English by Old French tour, from Latin turris, from Greek.