Shot tower
Tower Tow"er, n. [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}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion. (b) 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. (c) 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense. [1913 Webster]

Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. --Ps. lxi. 3. [1913 Webster]

3. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress. [1913 Webster]

Lay trains of amorous intrigues In towers, and curls, and periwigs. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

4. High flight; elevation. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

{Gay Lussac's tower} (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in the sulphuric acid process, to absorb (by means of concentrated acid) the spent nitrous fumes that they may be returned to the Glover's tower to be reemployed. See {Sulphuric acid}, under {Sulphuric}, and {Glover's tower}, below.

{Glover's tower} (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in the manufacture of sulphuric acid, to condense the crude acid and to deliver concentrated acid charged with nitrous fumes. These fumes, as a catalytic, effect the conversion of sulphurous to sulphuric acid. See {Sulphuric acid}, under {Sulphuric}, and {Gay Lussac's tower}, above.

{Round tower}. See under {Round}, a.

{Shot tower}. See under {Shot}.

{Tower bastion} (Fort.), a bastion of masonry, often with chambers beneath, built at an angle of the interior polygon of some works.

{Tower mustard} (Bot.), 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shot tower — Shot Shot, n.; pl. {Shot}or {Shots}. [OE. shot, schot, AS. gesceot a missile; akin to D. schot a shot, shoot, G. schuss, geschoss a missile, Icel. skot a throwing, a javelin, and E. shoot, v.t. [root]159. See {Shoot}, and cf. {Shot} a share.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shot Tower — bezeichnet mehrere gleichnamige, im NRHP gelistete, Objekte: Shot Tower (Maryland), ID Nr. 69000373 Shot Tower (Virginia), ID Nr. 69000286 Shot Tower (Wisconsin), ID Nr. 73000080 Siehe auch: Schrotturm …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shot tower — A shot tower is a tower designed for the production of shot balls by freefall of molten lead, which is then caught in a water basin. The shot is used for projectiles in firearms. hot makingProcessIn a shot tower, lead is heated until molten, then …   Wikipedia

  • Shot-Tower — Der Schrotkugelturm in Berlin Rummelsburg Bei einem Schrotturm (englisch Shot Tower) handelt es sich um einen Turm, in dem Schrotkugeln für Schrotpatronen hergestellt werden. Flüssiges Blei wird an der Spitze des Turmes durch ein Sieb gegossen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shot tower — noun tower of a kind once used to make shot; molten lead was poured through a sieve and dropped into water • Hypernyms: ↑tower …   Useful english dictionary

  • shot tower — /ˈʃɒt taʊə/ (say shot towuh) noun a tower in which shot is made by pouring molten lead through a sieve and then letting it drop into a tank of water …   Australian English dictionary

  • shot tower — noun historical a tower in which shot was made from molten lead poured through sieves at the top and falling into water at the bottom …   English new terms dictionary

  • shot tower — a tower from the top of which finely divided streams of molten lead are dropped down a central well, breaking up into spherical drops during their fall to be quenched and hardened in a tank of water at the bottom. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • shot tower — noun A tall building in which droplets of molten lead fall into a pool of water in order to form lead shot …   Wiktionary

  • Shot Tower Historical State Park — is a state park located near the town of Austinville, Virginia. Its centerpiece is a shot tower, located along the New River, which was for many years used for the creation of ammunition. The tower is on the National Register of Historic Places,… …   Wikipedia

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