- 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
Examples from the Web for towered
A burly Belgian, strapped with grenades and ammunition, towered above them.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Richards, who towered over his Dennehy when he appeared in court alongside her Monday, denies all charges.Female British Serial Killer Shocks Lawyer, Pleads Guilty
November 18, 2013
The film played on a dozen or so boxed-in screens that towered over the Park Avenue Armory audience.Nothing New Under the Sun
October 3, 2013
He was a tall boy anyway, but the extra year made it so that he towered over his new classmates.He Was My Favorite Student, and They Say He Killed a Baby
September 13, 2013
The imposing edifice of the U.S. Embassy towered over all, just a few blocks away.Fire In Cairo: A View From the Arab Street
John Kael Weston
September 20, 2012
From an immense discouraging distance, they towered imminent.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It towered high over the clouds and rain; and none could say whereon it rested.The Chinese Fairy Book
Then rising they towered, lifting brawny arms towards the stars.A Spirit in Prison
It towered up there beautiful, strong, virile, and fruitful.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
A block of flats, constructed with extreme cheapness, towered on either hand.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- having a tower or towers
- (in combination)four-towered; high-towered
- 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 and History for towered
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.
Idioms and Phrases with towered
In addition to the idiom beginning with tower
- tower of strength
- ivory tower