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The turret (marked in pink) of a baronial house in Argyll, Scotland
A siege tower
The turret of a South African Olifant Mk 1A main battle tank
Electronic components soldered on a turret board



From Middle English touret, from Old French torete (French tourette), diminutive of tour ‎(tower), from Latin turris. See tower.

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turret ‎(plural turrets)

  1. (architecture) a little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the corners of a building or castle
  2. (historical, military) a siege tower; a movable building, of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories and sometimes one hundred and twenty cubits high, usually moved on wheels, and employed in approaching a fortified place, for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, casting bridges, and other necessaries
  3. (military) an armoured, rotating gun installation, on a fort, ship, aircraft, or armoured fighting vehicle
  4. (rail transport) the elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation
  5. (electronics) a tower-like solder post on a turret board (a circuit board with posts instead of holes)


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