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control tower

a glass-enclosed, elevated structure for the visual observation and control of the air and ground traffic at an airport.
Also called tower.
Origin of control tower
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • While we're gone you might clear with the control tower and take us up into take-off position.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • "That'll be the control tower for all the machinery in here," he decided.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The control tower, with the two 12-mm machine guns, was wrecked.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • control tower said yes, they had a small exploratory scooter on hand.

    The Native Soil Alan Edward Nourse
  • The pilot buzzed control tower frantically as Kielland fought down panic.

    The Native Soil Alan Edward Nourse
  • We'd have butted against your radar and bellied into your control tower.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
  • They must be almost on top of the control tower to get it like that!

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • Strong turned and flipped on the intercom to the control tower.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
British Dictionary definitions for control tower

control tower

a tower at an airport from which air traffic is controlled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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