Meaning of TOWER in English


Pronunciation: ' tau ̇ (- ə )r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English tour, tor, from Old English torr & Anglo-French tur, tour, both from Latin turris, from Greek tyrris, tyrsis

Date: before 12th century

1 : a building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart (as a campanile) or be attached (as a church belfry) to a larger structure and that may be fully walled in or of skeleton framework (as an observation or transmission tower)

2 : a towering citadel : FORTRESS

3 : one that provides support or protection : BULWARK <a tower of strength>

4 : a personal computer case that stands in an upright position

– tow · ered \ ' tau ̇ (- ə )rd \ adjective

– tow · er · like \ ' tau ̇ (- ə )r- ˌ l ī k \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.