towering

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

towering

  1. Present participle of tower.

Adjective[edit]

towering (comparative more towering, superlative most towering)

  1. Very tall or high, particularly used to denote something that is taller than anything around it.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, Ch.IV:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 2010 December 28, Marc Vesty, “Stoke 0-2 Fulham”, BBC:
      And it was not until Ryan Shawcross's towering header was cleared off the line by Danny Murphy on the stroke of half-time that Stoke started to crank up the pressure and suggest they were capable of getting back into the match.

Noun[edit]

towering (plural towerings)

  1. The act or condition of being high above others.
    • 1829, John Timbs, Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors
      Gaiety seldom fails to give some pain; the hearers either strain their faculties to accompany its towerings, or are left behind in envy or despair.
    • Robert Burns
      But I am an old hawk at the sport; and wrote her such a cool, deliberate, prudent reply, as brought my bird from the aerial towerings pop down at my foot like Corporal Trim's hat.

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