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tower

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[ tou-er ]
/ ˈtaʊ ər /
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noun

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for tower

    tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.

Origin of tower

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First recorded before 900; Middle English noun tour, earlier tur, tor, from Old French tur, tor, from Latin turris, from Greek týrris, variant of týrsis “tower”; Middle English tor perhaps continuing Old English torr, from Latin turris, as above; late Middle English verb touren, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM tower

tow·er·less, adjectivetow·er·like, adjective

Definition for tower (2 of 2)

tower2
[ toh-er ]
/ ˈtoʊ ər /

noun

a person or thing that tows.

Origin of tower

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First recorded in 1485–95; tow1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for tower

tower
/ (ˈtaʊə) /

noun

a tall, usually square or circular structure, sometimes part of a larger building and usually built for a specific purposea church tower; a control tower
a place of defence or retreat
a mobile structure used in medieval warfare to attack a castle, etc
tower of strength a person who gives support, comfort, etc

verb

(intr) to be or rise like a tower; loom

Word Origin for tower

C12: from Old French tur, from Latin turris, from Greek
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Idioms and Phrases with tower

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