- the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior.
- the low, dome-shaped, armored pilothouse of a warship.
Origin of conning tower
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Examples from the Web for conning tower
The conning-tower and periscope are placed on the upper deck, as shown.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
"I'll stand by you," Captain Purnall roars to the lone figure on the conning-tower.With The Night Mail
I waved to Stephan from the side of my conning-tower, and he to me.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
There was nothing but the deck, the guns and the conning-tower to be seen.The World Peril of 1910
The conning-tower will be seen below the bridge, in front of the foremast.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves
- Also called: sail a superstructure of a submarine, used as the bridge when the vessel is on the surface
- the armoured pilot house of a warship
C19: see con 4
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