- a small tower, usually one forming part of a larger structure.
- a small tower at an angle of a building, as of a castle or fortress, frequently beginning some distance above the ground.
- Also called tur·ret·head [tur-it-hed, tuhr-] /ˈtɜr ɪtˌhɛd, ˈtʌr-/. a pivoted attachment on a lathe or the like for holding a number of tools, each of which can be presented to the work in rapid succession by a simple rotating movement.
- Military. a domelike, sometimes heavily armored structure, usually revolving horizontally, within which guns are mounted, as on a fortification, ship, or aircraft.
- Fortification. a tall structure, usually moved on wheels, formerly employed in breaching or scaling a fortified place, a wall, or the like.
Origin of turret
Examples from the Web for turrets
Three armored police vans came barreling down the road firing shotgun pellets out of the turrets normally used to launch teargas.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In
August 14, 2013
I only saw your four turrets in the distance, and strayed in here by accident.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Through his glasses he could now see their turrets and the black gun ports.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Its gatehouse and turrets were built for him from plans by Holbein.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Its crenellations and turrets are military and forceful, not ornate.Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1
Elise Whitlock Rose
He paused a moment and listened to the wailing of the wind in the turrets.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
- a small tower that projects from the wall of a building, esp a medieval castle
- a self-contained structure, capable of rotation, in which weapons are mounted, esp in tanks and warships
- a similar structure on an aircraft that houses one or more guns and sometimes a gunner
- a tall wooden tower on wheels used formerly by besiegers to scale the walls of a fortress
- (on a machine tool) a turret-like steel structure with tools projecting radially that can be indexed round to select or to bring each tool to bear on the work
Word Origin and History for turrets
c.1300, "small tower," from Old French touret (12c.), diminutive of tour "tower," from Latin turris (see tower). Meaning "low, flat gun-tower on a warship" is recorded from 1862, later also of tanks. Related: Turreted.