Pronunciation Noun

turret (plural turrets)

  1. (architecture) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the corners of a building or castle.
    • 1836, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “Poetry: A Metrical Essay”, republished in The Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, 1862, OCLC 5091562 ↗, pages 7–8 ↗:
      There breathes no being but has some pretence / To that fine instinct called poetic sense; […] / The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand / The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
  2. (historical, military) A siege tower; a movable building, of a square form, consisting of ten or even twenty stories and sometimes one hundred and twenty cubits high, usually moved on wheels, and employed in approaching a fortified place, for carrying soldiers, engines, ladders, casting bridges, and other necessary#Noun|necessaries.
  3. (electronics) A tower-like solder post on a turret board (a circuit board with posts instead of holes).
  4. (military) An armoured, rotating gun installation on a fort, ship, aircraft, or armoured fighting vehicle.
  5. (railroads) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car, with sides that are pierced for light and ventilation.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: осадная башня
  • German: Turm
  • Russian: ба́шенка
  • Spanish: torreta

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