see also: Tower
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtaʊ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtaʊɚ/

tower (plural towers)

  1. A very tall iron-framed structure, usually painted red and white, on which microwave, radio, satellite, or other communication antennas are installed; mast.
  2. A similarly framed structure with a platform or enclosed area on top, used as a lookout for spotting fires, plane crashes, fugitives, etc.
  3. A water tower.
  4. A control tower.
  5. Any very tall building or structure; skyscraper.
    The Sears Tower
  6. (figuratively) Any item, such as a computer case, that is usually higher than it is wide.
  7. (informal) An interlocking tower.
  8. (figurative) A strong refuge; a defence.
    • Bible, Psalms lxi. 3
      Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
  9. (historical) A tall fashionable headdress worn in the time of King William III and Queen Anne.
    • Lay trains of amorous intrigues / In towers, and curls, and periwigs.
  10. (obsolete) High flight; elevation.
  11. The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, usually deemed an ill omen.
  12. (cartomancy) The nineteenth Lenormand card, representing structure, bureaucracy, stability and loneliness.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Turm
  • Russian: ба́шня
  • Spanish: torre
  • French: la maison dieu
  • German: der Turm
  • Italian: la torre, il fulmine
  • Portuguese: torre, casa de Deus, Casa de Deus

tower (towers, present participle towering; past and past participle towered)

  1. (intransitive) To be very tall.
    The office block towered into the sky.
  2. (intransitive) To be high or lofty; to soar.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      My lord protector's hawks do tower so well.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To soar into.
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtəʊ.ə(ɹ)/

tower (plural towers)

  1. One who tows.
    • 1933, Henry Sturmey, ‎H. Walter Staner, The Autocar
      But as the tower and towee reached the cross-roads again, another car, negligently driven, came round the corner, hit the Morris, and severed the tow rope, sending the unfortunate car back again into the shop window […]



  1. (UK, with 'the') The Tower of London, especially seen as a place of imprisonment or punishment.
    Traitors should be sent to the Tower!
  2. (attributive, from its later association with the English mint at the Tower of London) Denoting the system of weights used by the Saxon and Norman English kings in their minting of coins.

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