- a building or structure high in proportion to its lateral dimensions, either isolated or forming part of a building.
- such a structure used as or intended for a stronghold, fortress, prison, etc.
- any of various fully enclosed fireproof housings for vertical communications, as staircases, between the stories of a building.
- any structure, contrivance, or object that resembles or suggests a tower.
- a tall, movable structure used in ancient and medieval warfare in storming a fortified place.
- a tall, vertical case with accessible horizontal drive bays, designed to house a computer system standing on a desk or floor.Compare minitower.
- Aviation. control tower.
- to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high: The skyscraper towers above the city.
- to rise above or surpass others: She towers above the other students.
- Falconry. (of a hawk) to rise straight into the air; to ring up.
- tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.
Origin of tower1
Related Words for tower of strengthbackbone, stronghold, mainstay, citadel, fortress, bulwark, leader, light, rock, sinew, worthy, supporter, upholder, parapet, protection, fortification, support, prop, defense, breastwork
- 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
- (intr) to be or rise like a tower; loom
Word Origin for tower
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.
tower of strength
A dependable person on whom one can lean in time of trouble, as in After Dad died Grandma was a tower of strength for the whole family. This expression, first recorded in 1549, originally was used most often to refer to God and heaven, but Shakespeare had it differently in Richard III (5:3): “Besides, the King's name is a tower of strength.”
In addition to the idiom beginning with tower
- tower of strength
- ivory tower