I. noun Etymology: Middle English tour, tor, from Old English torr & Anglo-French tur, tour, both from Latin turris, from Greek tyrris, tyrsis Date: before 12th century 1. a building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart (as a campanile) or be attached (as a church belfry) to a larger structure and that may be fully walled in or of skeleton framework (as an observation or transmission tower) 2. a towering citadel ; fortress 3. one that provides support or protection ; bulwark <
a tower of strength
4. a personal computer case that stands in an upright position • towered adjectivetowerlike adjective II. intransitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to reach or rise to a great height 2. to exhibit superior qualities ; surpass <
her intellect towered over the others'

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tower — (englisch Turm) bezeichnet: Tower (Luftfahrt), den Kontrollturm eines Flugplatzes Tower of London, Festung in London in der IT eine Ausführung von Computergehäusen Tower (Spiel), Gesellschaftsspiel von Piet Hein Tower ist der Familienname von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tower — (engl., spr. tauer), die Gesamtbezeichnung für einen ausgedehnten Komplex von Türmen, Festungswerken, kirchlichen und profanen Gebäuden in der Altstadt Londons, dessen Geschichte mit derjenigen der englischen Krone selbst für lange Jahrhunderte… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • tower — tower1 [tou′ər] n. [ME tour, tur < OE torr & OFr tur, both < L turris, a tower; akin to Gr tyrsis, fortified city] 1. a building or structure that is relatively high for its length and width, either standing alone or forming part of another …   English World dictionary

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  • Tower — Tow er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {towered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {towering}.] To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar. [1913 Webster] On the other side an high rock towered still. Spenser. [1913 Webster] My lord… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tower — (spr. Tauer), 1) die unter Wilhelm dem Eroberer 1078 angelegte, an der Ostseite der City am Ufer der Themse in der Nähe der London Bridge gelegene Citadelle von London, s.d. S. 499 f. Vgl. Bayley, History of the T., Lond. 1821, 2 Bde.; Britton,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • tower — [n] very high building or building part belfry, castle, citadel, cloud buster*, column, fort, fortification, fortress, high rise*, keep, lookout, mast, minaret, monolith, obelisk, pillar, refuge, skyscraper, spire, steeple, stronghold, turret;… …   New thesaurus

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