Meaning of TOWER in English

I. tow ‧ er 1 S3 W3 /ˈtaʊə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: tor , tur , from Latin turris , from Greek tyrsis ]

1 . a tall narrow building either built on its own or forming part of a castle, church etc:

the Eiffel Tower

a castle with tall towers

bell/clock tower

The bell tower was added to the church in 1848.

tower of

the leaning tower of Pisa

2 . a tall structure, often made of metal, used for signalling, broadcasting etc:

an air traffic control tower

3 . tower of strength someone who gives you a lot of help, sympathy, and support when you are in trouble:

Her father was a tower of strength to her when her marriage broke up.

4 . a tall piece of furniture that you use to store things:

a CD tower

⇨ ↑ cooling tower , ↑ ivory tower , ↑ water tower

II. tower 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

1 . to be much taller than the people or things around you

tower above/over

He towered over his mother.

2 . to be much better than any other person or organization that does the same thing as you

tower above/over

Mozart towers over all other composers.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.