verb (used without object)
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
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