Definition of the Twin Towers from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Twin Towers

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two very tall office buildings in Manhattan, New York City, built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1972-3 and housing offices of the World Trade Centers Association. For a short time they were the tallest buildings in the world. Each was 1 368 feet/417 metres high and had 110 floors. A terrorist bomb exploded in the garage of the Twin Towers in 1993 killing six people and injuring more than a thousand. On September 11th 2001 the Twin Towers were both destroyed in another terrorist attack. Two planes crashed into the towers, and a short time later both towers collapsed. The area where the building used to be is now called Ground Zero. see also September 11