Origin of towering
Synonyms for towering
Antonyms for towering
verb (used without object)
Origin of tower1
Related Words for toweringstately, imposing, magnificent, monumental, colossal, soaring, mighty, massive, prodigious, tall, gigantic, lofty, sublime, elevated, surpassing, aerial, airy, extraordinary, extravagant, extreme
Examples from the Web for towering
Contemporary Examples of towering
We, in olden days, had towering kooks and colossal villains.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
At once uproarious, raw, and painfully honest, “Discord” unveils the many virtues and vices of these towering icons.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
Doctors are then on to the next patient, and between patients they are distracted by a towering mountain of non-clinical tasks.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
In early 2001 the Afghan Taliban, encouraged by al Qaeda, blew to bits the towering Buddhas of Bamiyan.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
Nor was Robert Redford for his towering, largely dialogue-less turn as a stoic, shipwrecked badass in All is Lost.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
February 17, 2014
Historical Examples of towering
Buck would turn on his heel and stand, towering, in the door.Way of the Lawless
The log cabins he had known were replaced by towering buildings.White Fang
The towering figure that stood before him seemed a stranger to his eyes.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Professor Sykes pointed to the towering latticework of steel.
The towering minarets and mountain-tops caught the golden rays.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tower
- tower of strength
- ivory tower