Definition of tower noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtaʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊər//
    Buildings, Radio technology, Historic buildings, Structures, Architectural features
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  1. 1   a tall narrow building or part of a building, especially of a church or castle a clock/bell tower the Tower of London the Eiffel Tower See related entries: Buildings, Historic buildings, Structures, Architectural features
  2. 2(often in compounds) a tall structure used for sending television or radio signals a television tower See related entries: Buildings, Radio technology, Structures
  3. 3(usually in compounds) a tall piece of furniture used for storing things a CD tower
  4. see also control tower, cooling tower, ivory tower, watchtower, water tower
    Word OriginOld English torr, reinforced in Middle English by Old French tour, from Latin turris, from Greek.Extra examples Armed guards manned the lookout towers. They lived in a ten-storey tower in the town centre. Twin towers flanked the castle gateway. academics sitting in their ivory towers the conning tower of a submarine the spot where the towers once stood The Tower of London was built in the 11th century. The castle is rectangular in shape, with a tower at each corner.Idioms a person that you can rely on to help, protect and comfort you when you are in trouble
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