control tower



a glass-enclosed, elevated structure for the visual observation and control of the air and ground traffic at an airport.

Nearby words

  1. control room,
  2. control stick,
  3. control surface,
  4. control survey,
  5. control syringe,
  6. control unit,
  7. control variable,
  8. controllable,
  9. controllable-pitch,
  10. controlled

Origin of control tower

First recorded in 1915–20

Also called tower. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

British Dictionary definitions for control tower

control tower


a tower at an airport from which air traffic is controlled
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