from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building or part of a building that is exceptionally high in proportion to its width and length.
- n. A tall, slender structure used for observation, signaling, or pumping.
- n. One that conspicuously embodies strength, firmness, or another virtue.
- n. Computer Science A computer system whose components are arranged in a vertical stack and housed in a tall, narrow cabinet.
- intransitive v. To appear at or rise to a conspicuous height; loom: "There he stood, grown suddenly tall, towering above them” ( J.R.R. Tolkien). See Synonyms at rise.
- intransitive v. To fly directly upward before swooping or falling. Used of certain birds.
- intransitive v. To demonstrate great superiority; be preeminent: towers over other poets of the day.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A structure, usually taller than it is wide, often used as a lookout, usually unsupported by guy-wires.
- n. Any item, such as a computer case, that is usually higher than it is wide.
- n. An interlocking tower.
- n. The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, deemed an ill omen.
- v. To be very tall.
- v. To soar into.
- n. One who tows.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense.
- n. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress.
- n. High flight; elevation.
- intransitive v. To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar.
- transitive v. To soar into.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem.: Same as distïlling-tube.
- n. A drying-apparatus of cylindrical shape: same as calcium-chlorid tube.
- n. In a railroad, a building in which are assembled the levers which control a system of switches and signals; a signalman's cabin. Signal-towers are usually two stories high, to give the signalman a view of the tracks and signals under his control. See switch-tower and signaling.
- n. In geology, a columnar protrusion of eruptive rock, such as the famous spine of Pelée on Martinique. See cumulovolcano.
- n. A building lofty in proportion to its lateral dimensions, of any form in plan, whether insulated or forming part of a church, castle, or other edifice.
- n. In early and medieval warfare, a tall, movable wooden structure used in storming a fortified place.
- n. A citadel; a fortress; a place of defense or protection.
- n. In astrology, a mansion.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a fortified tower with battlements and usually a gate with a portcullis.
- n. A high commode or headdress worn by women in the reigns of William III. and Anne.
- n. A wig or the natural hair built up very high.
- To rise or extend far upward like a tower; rise high or aloft.
- To soar aloft, as a bird; specifically
- to soar as a lark in the act of singing
- to rise straight up in the air, as a wounded bird (see towering, n.)
- to mount up, as a hawk to be able to swoop down on the quarry.
- To rise aloft into.
- n. An obsolete form of tour.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. appear very large or occupy a commanding position
- n. anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
- n. a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
- n. a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
Middle English tur, tour, towr, from Old English torr and from Old French tur, both from Latin turris, probably from Greek tursis, turris.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English torr. Probably influence by Welsh "twr". (Wiktionary)
tow + -er (Wiktionary)