tower

1
[ tou-er ]
/ ˈtaʊ ər /

noun

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. towel rack,
  2. towel rail,
  3. towelette,
  4. toweling,
  5. towelling,
  6. tower block,
  7. tower bolt,
  8. tower crane,
  9. tower hamlets,
  10. tower of babel

Idioms

    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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before 900; (noun) Middle English tour, earlier tur, tor < Old French < Latin turris < Greek týrris, variant of týrsis tower; Middle English tor perhaps in some cases continuing Old English torr < Latin turris, as above; (v.) late Middle English touren, derivative of the noun

Related formstow·er·less, adjectivetow·er·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tower of strength

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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Word Origin and History for tower of strength
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Idioms and Phrases with tower of strength

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.”

tower

In addition to the idiom beginning with tower

  • tower of strength

also see:

  • ivory tower

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