- very high or tall; lofty: a towering oak.
- surpassing others; very great: a towering figure in American poetry.
- rising to an extreme degree of violence or intensity: a towering rage.
- beyond the proper or usual limits; inordinate; excessive: towering pride; towering ambitions.
Origin of towering
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- a building or structure high in proportion to its lateral dimensions, either isolated or forming part of a building.
- such a structure used as or intended for a stronghold, fortress, prison, etc.
- any of various fully enclosed fireproof housings for vertical communications, as staircases, between the stories of a building.
- any structure, contrivance, or object that resembles or suggests a tower.
- a tall, movable structure used in ancient and medieval warfare in storming a fortified place.
- a tall, vertical case with accessible horizontal drive bays, designed to house a computer system standing on a desk or floor.Compare minitower.
- Aviation. control tower.
- to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high: The skyscraper towers above the city.
- to rise above or surpass others: She towers above the other students.
- Falconry. (of a hawk) to rise straight into the air; to ring up.
- tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.
Origin of tower1
Examples from the Web for towering
We, in olden days, had towering kooks and colossal villains.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
At once uproarious, raw, and painfully honest, “Discord” unveils the many virtues and vices of these towering icons.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
Doctors are then on to the next patient, and between patients they are distracted by a towering mountain of non-clinical tasks.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
In early 2001 the Afghan Taliban, encouraged by al Qaeda, blew to bits the towering Buddhas of Bamiyan.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
Nor was Robert Redford for his towering, largely dialogue-less turn as a stoic, shipwrecked badass in All is Lost.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
February 17, 2014
Buck would turn on his heel and stand, towering, in the door.Way of the Lawless
The log cabins he had known were replaced by towering buildings.White Fang
The towering figure that stood before him seemed a stranger to his eyes.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Professor Sykes pointed to the towering latticework of steel.
The towering minarets and mountain-tops caught the golden rays.
- very tall; lofty
- outstanding, as in importance or stature
- (prenominal) very intensea towering rage
- a tall, usually square or circular structure, sometimes part of a larger building and usually built for a specific purposea church tower; a control tower
- a place of defence or retreat
- a mobile structure used in medieval warfare to attack a castle, etc
- tower of strength a person who gives support, comfort, etc
- (intr) to be or rise like a tower; loom
Word Origin and History for towering
Old English torr, from Latin turris "high structure" (cf. Old French tor, 11c.; Spanish, Italian torre "tower"), possibly from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Also borrowed separately 13c. as tour, from Old French tur. The modern spelling first recorded in 1520s. Meaning "lofty pile or mass" is recorded from mid-14c.
c.1400; see tower (n.). Related: Towered; towering.