shot tower



a tower from the top of which finely divided streams of molten lead are dropped down a central well, breaking up into spherical drops during their fall to be quenched and hardened in a tank of water at the bottom.

Origin of shot tower

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shot tower

Historical Examples of shot tower

  • Did you ever lie on your back in the bottom of a shot-tower when they were raining lead?

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor

  • A high square pyramidal tower attracted our attention; it is a shot-tower, one hundred and sixty-six feet high.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2

    Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach

  • Be very careful to pronounce double consonants really double, as in English words 'shot-tower,' 'meanness,' 'cockcrow.'

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Why is the French cook at the Union Club like a man sitting on the top of a shot-tower?

  • Just at this moment, something burst, and I found myself going up at the rate of two steeples and a shot-tower a second.

British Dictionary definitions for shot tower

shot tower


a building formerly used in the production of shot, in which molten lead was graded and dropped from a great height into water, thus cooling it and forming the shot
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