tower

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English torr, from Latin turris. Probably influence by Welsh twr.

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tower (plural towers)

A nineteenth century water tower
  1. A structure, usually taller than it is wide, often used as a lookout, usually unsupported by guy-wires.
    From the top of the tower we could see far off into the distance.
  2. (figuratively) Any item, such as a computer case, that is usually higher than it is wide.
  3. (informal) An interlocking tower.
  4. (figuratively) A strong refuge; a defence.
    • Bible, Psalms lxi. 3
      Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
  5. (historical) A tall fashionable headdress.
    • Hudibras
      Lay trains of amorous intrigues / In towers, and curls, and periwigs.
  6. (obsolete) High flight; elevation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  7. The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, deemed an ill omen.
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tower (third-person singular simple present towers, present participle towering, simple past and past participle towered)

  1. (intransitive) To be very tall.
    • 2013 August 3, “Revenge of the nerds”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847: 
      Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
    The office block towered into the sky.
  2. (intransitive) To be high or lofty; to soar.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To soar into.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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Etymology 2[edit]

tow +‎ -er

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tower (plural towers)

  1. One who tows.
    • 1933, Henry Sturmey, ‎H. Walter Staner, The Autocar
      But as the tower and towee reached the cross-roads again, another car, negligently driven, came round the corner, hit the Morris, and severed the tow rope, sending the unfortunate car back again into the shop window []

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