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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turret a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotation
    • n turret a small tower extending above a building
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Turret (Arch) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure.
    • Turret (Anc. Mil) A movable building, of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories and sometimes one hundred and twenty cubits high, usually moved on wheels, and employed in approaching a fortified place, for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, casting bridges, and other necessaries.
    • Turret (Mil) A revolving tower constructed of thick iron plates, within which cannon are mounted. Turrets are used on vessels of war and on land.
    • Turret (Railroads) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turret An attachment to a lathe, drill, boring-machine, or slotting-machine designed to hold and present to the work a series of boring-, drilling-, or cutting-tools, the object being to save the time lost in changing from one tool to another by hand. In a lathe it consists of a round or six- or eight-sided horizontal tool-holder placed between the two heads. It has a circular motion in a horizontal 'plane, or may have a tilting circular motion that may be controlled by hand or may be automatic, and may also have a feed-motion to advance the tool to the work. The presentation of one tool to the work, the feed, the withdrawal of the tool on the completion of the cutting, and the partial revolution of the turret to bring another tool into action, may be automatic and continuous. In the boring-mill the turret is suspended over the table on a horizontal axis. In the slotting-machine it may be carried on the cutter-head, moving with n. It may carry four cutters, each of which may be brought into use in turn. In the drill the turret is suspended on a horizontal axis and may carry six drills, each one of which may be brought into action in turn by revolving the tuitet, the drills not at work remaining motionless. The turret gives its name to the machine in which it is employed, as a turret-lathe, a turret boring-machine, etc. Machines employing turrets are usually automatic and perform a complete series of operations on the work, as in a screw-machine or screw-cutting machine or the turret forming-machine. A turret is sometimes called a monitor from its shape.
    • n turret A little tower rising from or otherwise connected with a larger building; a small tower, often crowning or finishing the angle of a wall, etc. Turrets are of two chief classes—such as rise immediately from the ground, as staircase turrets, and such as are formed on the upper parts of a building, often corbeled out from the wall and not extending down to the ground, as bartizan turrets. See also cuts under peel and bartizan.
    • n turret In medieval warfare, a movable building of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories, and sometimes 180 feet high, usually moved on wheels, and employed in approaches to a fortified place for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, etc.
    • n turret Milit., a tower, often revolving, for offensive purposes, on land or water. See cut under monitor.
    • n turret In her.: A small slender tower, usually forming part of a bearing, being set upon a larger tower. Sec turreted, 3.
    • n turret A bearing representing a kind of scepter having both ends alike and resembling the ends of the cross avellane. See tirret.
    • n turret In a railroad-car of American model, the raised part of the middle of the roof, utilized for affording light and ventilation.
    • n turret In a lathe, a cylindrical or polygonal block on the bed, with holes around it for dies.
    • n turret Same as terret.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turret tur′et a small tower on a building and rising above it: a movable building containing soldiers, engines, &c., used in medieval sieges: a tower, often revolving, for offensive purposes, on land and water: the raised portion above an American railroad car, for ventilation, &c
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour, a tower, L. turris,. See Tower
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. touret (Fr. tourelle).


In literature:

Now it seemed to Mark, for many days, that the visit to the turret-room had brought a kind of shadow down between them.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
From turret to wheelhouses the sides were inclined like casemates and covered with one-inch iron, as was the upper deck.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
Both turret-ships and steam-rams are, of course, iron plated.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
He ran into the castle, and up the stairs leading to the turret.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
The king, who began to guess what had happened, hurried back to the turret-room.
"Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia being the adventures of Prince Prigio's son" by Andrew Lang
Two blaster beams lanced down from the turrets, to smash at the wall.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
They left the rocket room and climbed the ladder to the turret.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
A small staircase led to the top of the turret, which, as already described, formed part of the angle that sheltered the group of men.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He belongs in the turret, and I've sentenced him.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
For, as he lay there, he had seen the bell's turret above the jail and his mind was quick to act.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore

In poetry:

Thus alone can we attain
To those turrets, where the eye
Sees the world as one vast plain,
And one boundless reach of sky.
"By The Fireside : The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When last I took a sad farewell
Of thee—my native Ennisfall,
The cold pale moon-light softly fell
On the grey turrets of thy hall.
"Ennisfall" by Mary Anne Browne
A wind-flower in a world of harm,
A harebell on a turret's arm,
A pearl upon the hilt of fame
Thou wert, fair child of some high name.
"Looking Backward" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Bleak, bleak the east wind sobs and sighs,
And drowns the turret bell,
Whose sad note, undistinguished, dies
Unheard, like my farewell!
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
Then in vain o'er tower and turret
From the walls and woodland nests,
When the minster bells rang noontide,
Gathered the unwelcome guests.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The turrets leap higher and higher,
And the little old homes go down;
The workmen pound on the iron and steel--
The woodpeckers of the town.
"New Buildings" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

James McConnell of Perry Township was a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II.
Each board had been personally nailed in place, and the epicenter of his delight, of course, was the turret.
A number of noteworthy design elements enable this inverted vertical turret lathe to accurately and effectively machine very large components.
Removable Turrets, Wipe-Action Tooling in New Turret Press Murata Machinery USA, Inc. Monday, September 01, 2008.
In addition to state-of-the-art bending and welding departments, Prototek Sheetmetal Fabrication offers laser cutting and operates a traditional turret department.
Installing a CNC such as a turret can give a real productivity boost for shops.
Adjustable Thick Turret Canisters for Quick Tool Changes.
Quicker Punch-Length Adjustment with Adjustable Thick Turret Canisters.
Conservation of the USS Monitor's turret opens window on Civil War history.
Large-Capacity Multi- Turret for Complex Jobs.
View this Sherman Tank Turret Photo 1.
Elsner Engineering Works has introduced a newly designed and manufactured dual-position turret unwind feature for its Elsner Model AFR-series Fully Automatic rewinders for the food film industry.
Bloomingdale's turreted row houses are home to more white Americans now than a decade ago.
I learned later it was back about turret number 4 about where I'd been working about 10, 15-minutes before.
Arthur Osepchook stood in front of the ball turret attached to a B-17 parked at the Dothan Regional Airport Thursday morning.

In science:

In the present case, the previous alignment, due to the lack of time after the maintenance of the grating turret, was probably done before the whole assembly was properly cooled down.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report