from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A raised, enclosed observation post in a submarine, often being a means of entrance to the interior.
  • n. The armored pilothouse of a warship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The armoured control tower of an early iron warship from which the ship was navigated in battle
  • n. A connecting structure between the bridge and pressure hull of a submarine; in larger, modern submarines it contains the captain's cabin and is known as the sail

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The shot-proof pilot house of a war vessel.
  • the raised structure rising above the deck of a submarine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The low, dome-shaped, shot-proof pilot-house of a war-vessel, particularly an ironclad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an armored pilothouse on a warship
  • n. a raised bridge on a submarine; often used for entering and exiting


From con3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • We saw it there in the blue ice, a thing like a submarine without a conning tower or di­rective vanes, 280 feet long and 45 feet in diameter at its thickest.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • One felt the tiny four-inch shell spatter against the conning tower armor, and the pieces ‘sizz’ over it.

    Castles of Steel

  • In the forward conning tower the training mechanism was destroyed, the big rangefinder on the flying bridge was wrecked, the aircraft was badly damaged, most of the searchlights were put out of action, and there were six leaks below the water-line.

    Graf Spee

  • By then, the zeppelin was less than a mile away, but Naismith, mindful of orders to destroy British seaplanes that could not be brought home, ordered a machine gun brought up to the conning tower and had a seaman begin firing at the floats of the three empty seaplanes.

    Castles of Steel

  • The fourth shot I laid more slowly and more carefully, and holed her again at the base of the conning tower and a little aft.

    Movie Night

  • Meanwhile, said Captain Chatfield, to the conning tower [the action station of the captain] I had to go.

    Castles of Steel

  • While the captain was below, Spiess in the conning tower spotted smoke and a mast on the horizon.

    Castles of Steel

  • About a hundred feet back from the bows the slender yet massive conning tower reared over twenty feet above the deck, for all the world like the great dorsal fin of some monstrous shark; halfway up the sides of the conning tower and thrust out stubbily at right angles were the swept-back auxiliary diving planes of the submarine.

    Ice Station Zebra

  • Submariners were always ready to dive, even at the cost of losing those comrades on deck or in the conning tower who were unable to get below before the hatches closed.

    Castles of Steel

  • The gale-force wind from the northeast was snatching the tops off the rolling steel-gray waves and subjecting the steep-walled sides of the great conning tower -- "sail," the crew called it -- to the ceaseless battering of a bullet-driven spray that turned to solid ice even as it struck.

    Ice Station Zebra


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