- tower of silence,
- tower of strength,
- tower wagon,
Origin of towering
verb (used without object)
Origin of tower1
Examples from the Web for towering
We, in olden days, had towering kooks and colossal villains.
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)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doctors are then on to the next patient, and between patients they are distracted by a towering mountain of non-clinical tasks.
In early 2001 the Afghan Taliban, encouraged by al Qaeda, blew to bits the towering Buddhas of Bamiyan.
Right up the little hill, and towering over you, was the building.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns|Jimmy Breslin|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I see it as a fearful thing, towering, expanding, upheld by the toil and the agony of millions.The Journal of Arthur Stirling|Upton Sinclair
Chauvelin's eyes were fixed upon him, and he from his towering height was looking down at the little sable-clad figure before him.The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
See in the distance those hills and towering mountains; those beautiful valleys and wide-extending plains.The Spirit of God As Fire|D. Mortimore
Duke, towering with rage, looked at de Spain and pointed to the hall door.Nan of Music Mountain|Frank H. Spearman
Marjorie followed in a towering passion, but her remonstrances were useless.A Patriotic Schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
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