• Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells
    Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tower appear very large or occupy a commanding position "The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain","Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"
    • n tower a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
    • n tower a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
    • n tower anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower "the test tube held a column of white powder","a tower of dust rose above the horizon","a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wolsey's Tower, Esher Wolsey's Tower, Esher
A square tower with a door at the base A square tower with a door at the base
She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies
Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower Bishop Hatto's Mouse Tower
CORDOBA. The Campanario Tower CORDOBA. The Campanario Tower
SEVILLE. The Giralda Tower SEVILLE. The Giralda Tower
TARRAGONA. The Archbishop's Tower TARRAGONA. The Archbishop's Tower

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Eiffel Tower weight is approximately 9441 tons
    • Tower A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense. "Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy."
    • Tower 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."
    • Tower (Arch) A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.
    • Tower (Arch) 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.
    • Tower (Arch) 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 .
    • Tower High flight; elevation.
    • v. i Tower To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar. "On the other side an high rock towered still.""My lord protector's hawks do tower so well."
    • v. t Tower To soar into.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The amount of Kit Kat chocolate bars that are made at the York factory every 15 minutes are enough to outstack the Eiffel Tower
    • n tower In chem.: Same as distïlling-tube.
    • n tower A drying-apparatus of cylindrical shape: same as calcium-chlorid tube.
    • n tower In a railroad, a building in which are assembled the levers which control a system of switches and signals; a signalman's cabin. Signal-towers are usually two stories high, to give the signalman a view of the tracks and signals under his control. See switch-tower and signaling.
    • n tower In geology, a columnar protrusion of eruptive rock, such as the famous spine of Pelée on Martinique. See cumulovolcano.
    • n tower A building lofty in proportion to its lateral dimensions, of any form in plan, whether insulated or forming part of a church, castle, or other edifice. Towers have been erected from the earliest ages aa memorials, and for purposes of religion and defense. Among towers are included the minarets attached to Mohammedan mosques; the lofty bell-towers of Russia; the pillar or round towers of India, Ireland, and other places (see round tower); the square and octagonal towers at the west ends, crossings, etc., of churches; the massive keeps and gate-and wall-towers of castles and mansions; the peels of Scottish fortresses; the pagodas of India and China; the pharos, the campanile, and a great variety of similar buildings. Compare spireand steeple, and see cuts under bridge-tower, campanile castle, gabled, gate-tower, keep, lantern, pagoda, peel, and Rhenish.
    • n tower In early and medieval warfare, a tall, movable wooden structure used in storming a fortified place. The height of the tower was such as to overtop the walls and other fortifications of the besieged place. Such towers were frequently combined with a batteringram, and thus served the double purpose of breaching the walls and giving protection to the besiegers.
    • n tower A citadel; a fortress; a place of defense or protection.
    • n tower In astrology, a mansion.
    • n tower In heraldry, a bearing representing a fortified tower with battlements and usually a gate with a portcullis.
    • n tower A high commode or headdress worn by women in the reigns of William III. and Anne. It was built up of pasteboard, ribbons, and lace; the lace and ribbons were disposed in alternate tiers, or the latter were formed into high stiffened bows, draped or not, according to taste, with a lace scarf or veil that streamed down each side of the pinnacle. Compare fontange and commode.
    • n tower A wig or the natural hair built up very high.
    • tower To rise or extend far upward like a tower; rise high or aloft.
    • tower To soar aloft, as a bird; specifically.
    • tower to soar as a lark in the act of singing
    • tower to rise straight up in the air, as a wounded bird (see towering, n.)
    • tower to mount up, as a hawk to be able to swoop down on the quarry.
    • tower To rise aloft into.
    • n tower An obsolete form of tour.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Currently the world's tallest building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft.
    • n Tower tow′ėr a lofty building, standing alone or forming part of another: a fortress:
    • v.i Tower to rise into the air: to be lofty
    • v.t Tower (Milt.) to rise aloft into
    • n Tower tow′ėr (her.) a bearing representing a tower with battlements, &c.: a high head-dress worn by women under William III. and Anne
    • ***


  • Samuel Johnson
    “When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.”
  • Alice Mackenzie Swaim
    Alice Mackenzie Swaim
    “Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”
  • Christopher Marlowe
    “Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum?”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Towering genius disdains a beaten path.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”


Ivory tower - People who live in ivory towers are detached from the world around them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tur—L. turris, a tower.


In literature:

I will ask father to let me have all this old empty tower to myself.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
Now the mist lifted above towering walls of mountains very near him, yet not the mountains of his memory.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
This vast host soon encamped before the large city of Nicaea, its strong walls and hundreds of towers swarming with Turks.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
His ancestral home, Dean Tower, raised its dark red walls before him.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
A temporary wooden tower, used formerly in naval and military warfare.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Roman walls were repaired, the towers on the north and south banks were strengthened.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
The lads, in their exposed position on the tower, paid scant heed.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
It was the hour for Mr. Punch's father to call Mr. Punch from the church-tower.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
In England it appears that the tower formed no part of the plan until, at any rate, the epoch of the Danish wars.
"The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church" by A. Hamilton Thompson
In later years we shall find that the damp cells of the Tower filled his joints with pain, and reduced him with a weakening cough.
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse

In poetry:

We do not know the day,
We do not know the hour,
But Two and Two shall meet again
By Ben Boyd’s Tower.
"Ben Boyd's Tower" by Henry Lawson
Hood drawn on her forehead—
Withered dame and grey—
She never looks on Boyd Tower
Out across the Bay.
"Ben Boyd's Tower" by Henry Lawson
Within thy presence, Lord,
For ever I'll abide;
Thou art the tower of my defence,
The refuge where I hide.
"Psalm 61" by Isaac Watts
Until at last a castle lay
Beneath the moon, among the trees;
Its Gothic towers old and gray
With mysteries.
"Morgan le Fay" by Madison Julius Cawein
Mothers! thou who hast all power,
To begin these human towers,
Canst thou tell at this late hour,
Where the boys are?
"Where are the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
THROUGH halls of vanished pleasure,
And hold of vanished power,
And crypt of faith forgotten,
A came to Ludlow tower.
"Poppies on Ludlow Castle" by Willa Sibert Cather

In news:

Sister Station AM 1400 WQXO Munising undergoing tower upgrades.
Future of Columbia lakefront bell tower still up in the air.
Robots in Flight by Atticus Fraley, at Scottsdale Civic Center Bell Tower .
From the Bell Tower .
Bell Tower welcomes two new merchants.
Drop Out and Try Something New From the Bell Tower.
The Bursting of the Academic Library Bubble From the Bell Tower.
Actress Lea Michele attends the Valspar Hands For Habitat Unveiling on July 20th Hosted at Hearst Tower New York City.
An earlier version of this story attributed some quotes to Melania Knauss-Trump, Donald Trump's wife, at an April 14 marketing event for Trump International Hotel & Tower.
Remaining Clock Tower condo land sold in Portsmouth.
On October 31, 1962, the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower started letting many people in Milwaukee know what time it was.
Tarrant County Courthouse's clock tower is rededicated after renovation.
The Tarrant County Courthouse's clock tower had its coming out party Tuesday after a 14-month, $4.5 million makeover befitting the architectural queen of Fort Worth.
A careful trip and a new home for historic clock tower .
Organizers want to erect a clock tower in Liverpool.

In science:

Let L ⊂ L′ ⊂ L′′ is a tower of finite Galois extensions of L.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
So one might call a theory nilpotent if there is a tower of linear extensions of theories starting with a theory which is “abelian” and ending with the given one.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
Similar results were obtained from the other tested towers.
The CDF MiniPlug Calorimeters
From the whole ”tower” of fields only the massless fields survive (under assumption that the tachyon problem is solved; this problem will be discussed in detail in sect. 3.5 and 6.3).
String Theory or Field Theory?
The main goal of this paper is to interpret Cech classes geometrically, by defining the notion of commutative ngerbed tower.
Non abelian cohomology: the point of view of gerbed tower