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TOW'ER, n. [L. turris.]

1. A building, either round or square, raised to a considerable elevation and consisting of several stories. When towers are erected with other buildings, as they usually are, they rise above the main edifice. They are generally flat on the top, and thus differ from steeples or spires. Before the invention of guns, places were fortified with towers and attacked with movable towers mounted on wheels, which placed the besiegers on a level with the walls.

2. A citadel; a fortress. Ps.61.

3. A high head dress.

4. High flight; elevation.

Tower bastion, in fortification, a small tower in the form of a bastion, with rooms or cells underneath for men and guns.

Tower of London, a citadel containing an arsenal. It is also a palace where the kings of England have sometimes lodged.

TOW'ER, v.i. To rise and fly high; to soar; to be lofty.

Sublime thoughts, which tower above the clouds.



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TOW'ER, n. [L. turris.]

1. A building, either round or square, raised to a considerable elevation and consisting of several stories. When towers are erected with other buildings, as they usually are, they rise above the main edifice. They are generally flat on the top, and thus differ from steeples or spires. Before the invention of guns, places were fortified with towers and attacked with movable towers mounted on wheels, which placed the besiegers on a level with the walls.

2. A citadel; a fortress. Ps.61.

3. A high head dress.

4. High flight; elevation.

Tower bastion, in fortification, a small tower in the form of a bastion, with rooms or cells underneath for men and guns.

Tower of London, a citadel containing an arsenal. It is also a palace where the kings of England have sometimes lodged.

TOW'ER, v.i. To rise and fly high; to soar; to be lofty.

Sublime thoughts, which tower above the clouds.

TOW'ER, n. [Sax. tor, tirre; Ir. tor; Fr. and Arm. tour; Sp. It. and Port. torre; W. twr, a heap or pile; Corn. id.; G. thurm; D. torm; L. turris; Gr. τυρσις; Heb. טורה. Class Dr, No. 24.]

  1. A building, either round or square, raised to a considerable elevation, and consisting of several stories. When towers are erected with other buildings, as they usually are, they rise above the main edifice. They are generally flat on the top, and thus differ from steeples or spires. Before the invention of guns, places were fortified with towers, and attacked with movable towers mounted on wheels, which placed the besiegers on a level with the walls. Cyc.
  2. A citadel; a fortress. Ps. lxi.
  3. A high head dress. Hudibras.
  4. High flight; elevation. Johnson. Tower bastion, in fortification, a small tower in the form of a bastion, with rooms or cells underneath for men and guns. Cyc. Tower of London, a citadel containing an arsenal. It is also a palace where the kings of England have sometimes lodged. Cyc.

TOW'ER, v.i.

To rise and fly high; to soar; to be lofty. Sublime thoughts, which tower above the clouds. Locke.


Tow"er
  1. A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.

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  2. To rise and overtop other objects] to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar.

    On the other side an high rock towered still. Spenser.

    My lord protector's hawks do tower so well. Shak.

  3. To soar into.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  4. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense.

    Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Ps. lxi. 3.

  5. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress.

    Lay trains of amorous intrigues
    In towers, and curls, and periwigs.
    Hudibras.

  6. High flight; elevation.

    [Obs.] Johnson.

    Gay Lussac's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in the sulphuric acid process, to absorb (by means of concentrated acid) the spent nitrous fumes that they may be returned to the Glover's tower to be reemployed. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric, and Glover's tower, below. -- Glover's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in the manufacture of sulphuric acid, to condense the crude acid and to deliver concentrated acid charged with nitrous fumes. These fumes, as a catalytic, effect the conversion of sulphurous to sulphuric acid. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric, and Gay Lussac's tower, above. -- Round tower. See under Round, a. -- Shot tower. See under Shot. -- Tower bastion (Fort.), a bastion of masonry, often with chambers beneath, built at an angle of the interior polygon of some works. -- Tower mustard (Bot.), the cruciferous plant Arabis perfoliata. -- Tower of London, a collection of buildings in the eastern part of London, formerly containing a state prison, and now used as an arsenal and repository of various objects of public interest.

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Tower

TOW'ER, noun [Latin turris.]

1. A building, either round or square, raised to a considerable elevation and consisting of several stories. When towers are erected with other buildings, as they usually are, they rise above the main edifice. They are generally flat on the top, and thus differ from steeples or spires. Before the invention of guns, places were fortified with towers and attacked with movable towers mounted on wheels, which placed the besiegers on a level with the walls.

2. A citadel; a fortress. Psalms 61:3.

3. A high head dress.

4. High flight; elevation.

Tower bastion, in fortification, a small tower in the form of a bastion, with rooms or cells underneath for men and guns.

Tower of London, a citadel containing an arsenal. It is also a palace where the kings of England have sometimes lodged.

TOW'ER, verb intransitive To rise and fly high; to soar; to be lofty.

Sublime thoughts, which tower above the clouds.

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