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

  • adj. Of imposing height.
  • adj. Outstanding; preeminent: a towering intellect.
  • adj. Very great or intense: a towering rage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of tower.
  • adj. Very tall or high, particularly used to denote something that is taller than anything around it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Very high; elevated; rising aloft.
  • adj. Hence, extreme; violent; surpassing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very tall or lofty: as, towering heights.
  • Exceedingly or increasingly violent; rising to an extreme height or intense degree: as, a towering rage.
  • In heraldry, same as soarant.
  • n. The act of one who towers; specifically, the convulsive action of a bird which, when wounded in a certain way, flies straight up in the air as long as life lasts, and then drops dead; also, the flight thus made. See the quotation.

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

  • adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others


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  • He was certainly in what they call a towering rage.

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  • Poker has never been more fashionable than now, and the climactic scene, with its giant villain towering over Hoover Dam, is tailor-made for a Hollywood CGI extravaganza.

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  • "Do you see that mountain towering directly south of us?" he asked.

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  • WE sailed in that, to appearance, heavenly climate with a fresh sea-breeze, and as the magnificent Blue Mountains of Jamaica receded, the appearance of an island towering from the sea into the very heavens became as it were a speck on the mighty ocean.

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  • It was delightful to see the big sail again towering up overhead, and to hear the swish of the water under the cabin windows; but we were still one hundred and nine miles from Rhoda, and we knew that nothing but an extraordinary run of luck could possibly get us there by the twenty-third of the month, with time to see Beni Hassan on the way.

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  • When her proud pretensions are baffled, and her vain towering hopes of an absolute and universal dominion brought to nought, and she appears not to have been so strong and considerable as she would have been thought to be, then to see the nakedness of the land do they come, and it appears ridiculous.

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  • Paternoster's voice is often described as towering, and it certainly can be, but in less full-throttle moments she sounds oddly elfin.

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  • When the pope spoke at Aida refugee camp nearby, he called the towering wall Israel built around Palestinian areas a symbol of "stalemate."


  • "As Nigel just said, Jerry retired from the telethon this year, but of course, he's here with us in spirit and in heart, and we will continue to be energized and inspired by what I like to call his towering example," Carl said.

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  • '70 Superior by the head': so in Homer ( 'Iliad', III, 225-227) Ajax is described as towering over the other Greeks by head and shoulders.

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