- a glass-enclosed, elevated structure for the visual observation and control of the air and ground traffic at an airport.
Origin of control tower
First recorded in 1915–20
Also called tower.
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Examples from the Web for control tower
The three men left the control-tower office under the watchful eyes of a squad of Space Marines.Treachery in Outer Space
Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
- a tower at an airport from which air traffic is controlled
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