verb (used without object)
- towel rack,
- towel rail,
- tower block,
- tower bolt,
- tower crane,
- tower hamlets,
- tower of babel
Origin of tower1
Origin of tower2
Origin of tow2
Examples from the Web for 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.
The day he went to the Tower, the mob lit bonfires and danced round them for joy.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
The next day she betook herself by water to the Tower, and received the homage offered her.
Emma von der Tann followed her guide up a winding stairway which spiraled within a tower at the end of a long passage.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
The eldership has ever been a tower of strength in the Covenanted Church.Sketches of the Covenanters|J. C. McFeeters
Owing to the fall of the tower and the action of an earthquake in 1248, much rebuilding was found necessary.The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
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.