Turret head
Turret Tur"ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) A revolving tower constructed of thick iron plates, within which cannon are mounted. Turrets are used on vessels of war and on land. [1913 Webster]

4. (Railroads) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation. [1913 Webster]

{Turret clock}, a large clock adapted for an elevated position, as in the tower of a church.

{Turret head} (Mach.), a vertical cylindrical revolving tool holder for bringing different tools into action successively in a machine, as in a lathe.

{Turret lathe}, a turning lathe having a turret head.

{Turret ship}, an ironclad war vessel, with low sides, on which heavy guns are mounted within one or more iron turrets, which may be rotated, so that the guns may be made to bear in any required direction. [1913 Webster]


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  • Turret — Tur ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anc. Mil.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turret clock — Turret Tur ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turret lathe — Turret Tur ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turret ship — Turret Tur ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turret lathe — Hartness 3x36 flat turret lathe with cross sliding head, equipped for bar work, 1910.[1] The turret lathe is a form of metalworking lathe that is used for repetitive production of duplicate parts, which by the nature of their cutting process are… …   Wikipedia

  • head — headlike, adj. /hed/, n. 1. the upper part of the body in humans, joined to the trunk by the neck, containing the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. 2. the corresponding part of the body in other animals. 3. the head considered as the center of… …   Universalium

  • head — [[t]hɛd[/t]] n. 1) anat. the anterior or upper part of the vertebrate body, containing the skull with mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and brain 2) zool. the corresponding part of the body in invertebrates 3) the head considered as the center of the… …   From formal English to slang

  • turret — Turrethead Tur ret*head an attachment fitted to a lathe or other machinery which holds a variety of tools which can act on the object being worked, and which are interchangeable by a pivoting motion, thus allowing efficient performance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turret — tur•ret [[t]ˈtɜr ɪt, ˈtʌr [/t]] n. 1) bui archit. a small tower, usu. one forming part of a larger structure 2) archit. bui a small tower at an angle of a building, as of a castle or fortress, frequently beginning some distance above the ground… …   From formal English to slang

  • turret drill — noun : a single spindle or gang drill in which the spindle supports a head carrying a number of tools and so designed that each tool may in turn be brought to a position suitable for performing its function …   Useful english dictionary

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