conning tower

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  1. the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior.
  2. the low, dome-shaped, armored pilothouse of a warship.

Origin of conning tower

First recorded in 1865–70; con3 + -ing2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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conning tower

  1. Also called: sail a superstructure of a submarine, used as the bridge when the vessel is on the surface
  2. the armoured pilot house of a warship

Word Origin for conning tower

C19: see con 4
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