turret
noun Etymology: Middle English touret, from Anglo-French turette, tourette, diminutive of tur, tour tower — more at tower Date: 14th century 1. a little tower; specifically an ornamental structure at an angle of a larger structure 2. a. a pivoted and revolvable holder in a machine tool b. a device (as on a microscope or a television camera) holding several lenses 3. a. a tall building usually moved on wheels and formerly used for carrying soldiers and equipment for breaching or scaling a wall b. (1) a gunner's fixed or movable enclosure in an airplane (2) a revolving armored structure on a warship that protects one or more guns mounted within it (3) a similar upper structure usually for one gun on a tank

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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 — c.1300, small tower, from O.Fr. touret (12c.), dim. of tour tower, from L. turris (see TOWER (Cf. tower)). Meaning low, flat gun tower on a warship is recorded from 1862, later also of tanks. Related: Turreted …   Etymology dictionary

  • turret — has an adjectival form turreted (one t) …   Modern English usage

  • turret — ► NOUN 1) a small tower at the corner of a building or wall, especially of a castle. 2) an armoured, usually revolving tower for a gun and gunners in a ship, aircraft, fort, or tank. 3) a rotating holder for tools, especially on a lathe.… …   English terms dictionary

  • turret — [tʉr′ithed΄tʉr′it, toor′it] n. [ME turet < OFr tourete, dim. of tour: see TOWER1] 1. a small tower projecting from a building, usually at a corner and often merely ornamental 2. a wooden, usually square tower on wheels, carrying soldiers,… …   English World dictionary

  • Turret — In architecture, a turret (from Italian: torretta , little tower; Latin: turris , tower) is a small tower that projects vertically from the wall of a building such as a medieval castle. Turrets were used to provide a projecting defensive position …   Wikipedia

  • turret — [[t]tʌ̱rɪt, AM tɜ͟ːr [/t]] turrets 1) N COUNT A turret is a small narrow tower on top of a building or a larger tower. 2) N COUNT: oft n N The turret on a tank or warship is the part where the guns are fixed, which can be turned in any direction …   English dictionary

  • turret — UK [ˈtʌrɪt] / US [ˈtʌrət] noun [countable] Word forms turret : singular turret plural turrets 1) a small tower on the top of a building such as a castle 2) a high part on a military ship or vehicle where guns are fixed. You can turn it in order… …   English dictionary

  • 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 — noun Turret is used after these nouns: ↑gun …   Collocations dictionary

  • turret — /ˈtʌrət / (say turuht) noun 1. a small tower, usually one forming part of a larger structure. 2. a small tower at an angle of a building, frequently beginning some distance above the ground. 3. Also, turrethead. a pivoted attachment on a lathe,… …   Australian English dictionary

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