adjective Date: 1592 1. impressively high or great ; imposing <
towering pines
2. reaching a high point of intensity ; overwhelming <
a towering rage
3. going beyond proper bounds ; excessive <
towering ambitions
toweringly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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