Definitions for tower
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tower.
a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
column, tower, pillarnoun
anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
"the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
tugboat, tug, towboat, towerverb
a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
loom, tower, predominate, hulkverb
appear very large or occupy a commanding position
"The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain"; "Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall"
One who tows.
Etymology: From torr.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: tor , Saxon; tour, Fr. torre, Italian; turris, Latin.
Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven. Gen. xi. 4.
Lay trains of amorous intrigues
In towers, and curls, and perriwigs. Hudibras, p. iii.
To soar; to fly or rise high.
On th’ other side an high rock tow’red still. Edmund Spenser.
My lord protector’s hawks do tower so well. William Shakespeare.
Circular base of rising folds that tower’d
Fold above fold a surging maze. John Milton.
Tow’ring his height, and ample was his breast. Dryden.
The crooked plough, the share, the tow’ring height
Of waggons, and the cart’s unweildy weight;
These all must be prepar’d. John Dryden, Georg.
All those sublime thoughts which tower above the clouds, and reach as high as heaven itself, take their rise, not one jot beyond those ideas which sense or reflection have offered for the contemplation of the mind. John Locke.
A tower is a tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant factor. Towers are distinguished from masts by their lack of guy-wires and are therefore, along with tall buildings, self-supporting structures. Towers are specifically distinguished from "buildings" in that they are not built to be habitable but to serve other functions. The principal function is the use of their height to enable various functions to be achieved including: visibility of other features attached to the tower such as clock towers; as part of a larger structure or device to increase the visibility of the surroundings for defensive purposes as in a fortified building such as a castle; as a structure for observation for leisure purposes; or as a structure for telecommunication purposes. Towers can be stand alone structures or be supported by adjacent buildings or can be a feature on top of a large structure or building.
A tower is a tall, narrow building or structure that may stand apart (like a television tower), or be part of a larger structure (like a church spire or watchtower on a castle). It is designed to be significantly taller than it is wide and often serves various practical purposes such as to provide a high viewing point, to broadcast signals, or for aesthetic or monumental reasons.
a mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion
a projection from a line of wall, as a fortification, for purposes of defense, as a flanker, either or the same height as the curtain wall or higher
a structure appended to a larger edifice for a special purpose, as for a belfry, and then usually high in proportion to its width and to the height of the rest of the edifice; as, a church tower
a citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense
a headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress
high flight; elevation
to rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar
to soar into
A tower is a tall structure, usually taller than it is wide, often by a significant margin. Towers are distinguished from masts by their lack of guy-wires. Towers are generally built to take advantage of their height, and can stand alone on the ground, or as part of a larger structure or device such as a fortified building or as an integral part of a bridge.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tow′ėr, n. a lofty building, standing alone or forming part of another: a fortress: (her.) a bearing representing a tower with battlements, &c.: a high head-dress worn by women under William III. and Anne.—v.i. to rise into the air: to be lofty.—v.t. (Milt.) to rise aloft into.—adjs. Tow′ered, having towers; Tow′ering, very high, elevated: very violent; Tow′ery, having towers: lofty. [O. Fr. tur—L. turris, a tower.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defender.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tower is ranked #7421 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Tower surname appeared 4,486 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Tower.
92.4% or 4,145 total occurrences were White.
2.7% or 122 total occurrences were Black.
2.3% or 105 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.3% or 62 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.6% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
0.4% or 22 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tower' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2997
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tower' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3895
Rank popularity for the word 'tower' in Nouns Frequency: #1068
The numerical value of tower in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of tower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Exploring an abandoned building is something different. The Sathorn Unique Tower, being the tallest abandonment in the world makes The Sathorn Unique Tower even more remarkable.
I don't think Trump Tower in 2016's OK. I think Trump Tower in 2016's immoral, I think Trump Tower in 2016's unethical, I think Trump Tower in 2016's unpatriotic, and yes, I think it's corrupt, and evidence of collusion, and the day we do think that's OK, is the day we look back and say that is the day America lost its way.
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
Vigny, more secretAs if in his tower of ivory, retired before noon.N.B. Vigny refers to Comte de Vigny, who locked himself in an ivory tower to work without the influences of man and desire.
We are very, very pleased to say here at the Tower of London that we have now got four magnificent chicks, the first time they have been born at the Tower of London for over 30 years, we decided that it would be a really good idea to see if we could actually breed ravens ourselves at the Tower of London to secure our future, after all legend tells us that should the ravens leave the Tower of London it will crumble into dust and a great harm befall the kingdom.
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Translations for tower
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- vışka, qala, qüllə, bürcAzerbaijani
- ве́жа, вы́шкаBelarusian
- torre, casa de déu, la torreCatalan, Valencian
- Turm, der TurmGerman
- la casa de dios, torreSpanish
- tour, la maison dieuFrench
- tùrScottish Gaelic
- लाट, अटारी, टावरHindi
- ulọ aja, ugẹleIgbo
- torre, la torre, il fulmineItalian
- タワー, 塔Japanese
- კოშკი, გოდოლიGeorgian
- ប៉ម, ប្រាង្គKhmer
- 탑, 타워Korean
- мунара, буранаKyrgyz
- TuermLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ຫໍຄອຢ, ຫໍLao
- pūwhara, pourewa, pūharaMāori
- сүндэрлэх, цамхагMongolian
- wieża, baszta, wieża bogaPolish
- casa de Deus, torrePortuguese
- turn, turlăRomanian
- ве́жа, башня, ба́шня, вы́шкаRussian
- торањ, toranjSerbo-Croatian
- бурҷ, манораTajik
- หอคอย, หอThai
- minara, wyşkaTurkmen
- مۇنارUyghur, Uighur
- ве́жа, ви́шка, ба́штаUkrainian
- bashnya, vishka, minora, burjUzbek
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