verb (used without object)
Origin of tower1
Origin of tower2
Origin of tow2
Related Words for towerstronghold, lookout, fortification, belfry, skyscraper, column, pillar, spire, mast, keep, turret, obelisk, refuge, steeple, monolith, castle, citadel, fortress, fort, minaret
Examples from the Web for tower
Contemporary Examples of tower
It involved a model of the tower set on its side for the shot.
The camera dollied backward along the length of the tower's staircase while simultaneously its lens zoomed forward.
It made sense with so many suspects at hand, less so with the tower entrance separated from them by a forty foot wall.
He used the powerful assault rifle issued to all guards on tower duty.
The scorned party in a love-triangle, he blew his head off while serving overnight tower duty in 2007.
Historical Examples of tower
The tower rises above the crossing, and is crowned by sixteen pinnacles.Yorkshire Painted And Described
This stone was thrown at the sainted Stephen, and the other two are from the Tower of Babel.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The garrison of the fort aided the tower guard by their fire.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He waited eagerly to hear the clock of the tower of Loewestein strike nine.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I was unexpectedly struck, on entering the armoury at the Tower.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Word Origin for tower
Word Origin for tow
Word Origin for tow
Old English torr, from Latin turris "high structure" (cf. Old French tor, 11c.; Spanish, Italian torre "tower"), possibly from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Also borrowed separately 13c. as tour, from Old French tur. The modern spelling first recorded in 1520s. Meaning "lofty pile or mass" is recorded from mid-14c.
c.1400; see tower (n.). Related: Towered; towering.
"pull with a rope," Old English togian "to drag, pull," from Proto-Germanic *tugojanan (cf. Old English teon "to draw," Old Frisian togia "to pull about," Old Norse toga, Old High German zogon, German ziehen "to draw, pull, drag"), from PIE root *deuk- "to pull, draw" (cf. Latin ducere "to lead;" see duke (n.)). Related: Towed; towing. The noun meaning "act or fact of being towed" is recorded from 1620s. Towaway, in reference to parking zones, is recorded from 1956.
"coarse, broken fibers of flax, hemp, etc.," late 14c., probably from Old English tow- "spinning" (in towlic "fit for spinning"), perhaps cognate with Gothic taujan "to do, make," Middle Dutch touwen "to knit, weave."
In addition to the idiom beginning with tower
- tower of strength
- ivory tower
see in tow.