Definition of Tower

1. Noun. A structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building.

2. Verb. Appear very large or occupy a commanding position. "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"
Exact synonyms: Hulk, Loom, Predominate
Generic synonyms: Lift, Rear, Rise
Derivative terms: Hulk, Predomination

3. Noun. Anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower. "A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
Exact synonyms: Column, Pillar
Generic synonyms: Form, Shape
Specialized synonyms: Columella, Hoodoo
Derivative terms: Columnar

4. Noun. A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships.
Exact synonyms: Towboat, Tug, Tugboat
Generic synonyms: Boat
Terms within: Helm
Derivative terms: Tow, Tug

Definition of Tower

1. n. A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.

2. v. i. To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar.

3. v. t. To soar into.

Definition of Tower

1. Noun. A structure, usually taller than it is wide, often used as a lookout, usually unsupported by guy-wires. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Any item, such as a computer case, that is usually higher than it is wide. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) An interlocking tower. ¹

4. Noun. The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, deemed an ill omen. ¹

5. Verb. To be considerably taller than. ¹

6. Noun. One who tows. ¹

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Definition of Tower

1. to rise to a great height [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Tower

1. 1. A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion. A projection from a line of wall, as a fortification, for purposes of defense, as a flanker, either or the same height as the curtain wall or higher. A structure appended to a larger edifice for a special purpose, as for a belfry, and then usually high in proportion to its width and to the height of the rest of the edifice; as, a church tower. 2. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense. "Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." (Ps. Lxi. 3) 3. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress. "Lay trains of amorous intrigues In towers, and curls, and periwigs." (Hudibras) 4. High flight; elevation. Gay Lussac's tower, a bastion of masonry, often with chambers beneath, built at an angle of the interior polygon of some works. Tower mustard, the cruciferous plant Arabis perfoliata. Tower of London, a collection of buildings in the eastern part of London, formerly containing a state prison, and now used as an arsenal and repository of various objects of public interest. Origin: OE. Tour,tor,tur, F. Tour, L. Turris; akin to Gr.; cf. W. Twr a tower, Ir. Tor a castle, Gael. Torr a tower, castle. Cf. Tor, Turret. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tower

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tower (current term)
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towering infernos

Literary usage of Tower

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"tower, in architecture, a structure more or less lofty, of varied form ... When a tower is very long and slender it is termed a spire, as on many churches. ..."

2. United States Coast Pilot: Atlantic Coast. Part IV. From Point Judith to New by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Herbert Gouverneur Ogden, John Ross, Herbert Cornelius Graves, Harry L. Ford (1899)
"53 ti 53 84 White tower, with white frame dwelling detached ; lautern, black I 77 I White wooden tower; lantern, black - 24 Fog signal. Brown conical tower ..."

3. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1902)
"Ashley Bemis tower was born in the Town of Windsor, Massachusetts, on June 26th, 1847, being the youngest son of Stephen D. and Esther E. tower, ..."

4. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1905)
"tower Bridge. The tower is conveniently reached by the Underground Railway to Mark ... The present external appearance of the tower is very unlike what it ..."

5. Journal by English Place-Name Society (1905)
"The Round tower of ... N the Cork Mercantile Chronicle of the I4th August, 1833, there is a description of this unique tower and a dissertation on that ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"As a rule the single western tower is almost confined to England, prior to the end of the nth century, when there are many examples throughout Germany. ..."

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