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

  • n. A tower at an airfield from which air traffic is controlled by radio and observed physically and by radar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An airport building from which the air traffic control unit monitors and directs the movement of aircraft on and around the airport.
  • n. An enclosed, raised structure occupied by one or more persons who operate or exercise control over railway traffic, ship movement, a racetrack, machinery, etc.

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

  • n. a tower with an elevated workspace enclosed in glass for the visual observation of aircraft around an airport


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  • "We circled one large drome several times, and then flew at the control tower at only five feet above the grass," Tusk recalls with a grin at the memory of the astonished faces of the Germans at the wide observation windows.

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  • Stepping to a telephone, Tom called Harlan Ames at the apartment connected with the control tower where the security group lived.

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  • Just after midnight on July 20, Airman Second Class Bill Goodman called the Andrews Air Force Base control tower to tell them he was watching a bright orange light about the size of a softball that was gaining and losing altitude as it zipped through the sky.

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  • One of the most persuasive sightings came early in the morning when one of the ARTC controllers called the Andrews control tower to tell them that there was a target south of the tower, over the Andrews radio range station.

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  • From the hangar he phoned the control tower to sound the alarm which would start an all-out search of the island and the surrounding waters.

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