turret

[ tur-it, tuhr- ]
/ ˈtɜr ɪt, ˈtʌr- /

noun

a small tower, usually one forming part of a larger structure.
a small tower at an angle of a building, as of a castle or fortress, frequently beginning some distance above the ground.
Also called tur·ret·head [tur-it-hed, tuhr-]. /ˈtɜr ɪtˌhɛd, ˈtʌr-/. a pivoted attachment on a lathe or the like for holding a number of tools, each of which can be presented to the work in rapid succession by a simple rotating movement.
Military. a domelike, sometimes heavily armored structure, usually revolving horizontally, within which guns are mounted, as on a fortification, ship, or aircraft.
Fortification. a tall structure, usually moved on wheels, formerly employed in breaching or scaling a fortified place, a wall, or the like.

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Origin of turret

1300–50; Middle English turet<Middle French turete, equivalent to turtower1 + -ete-et

OTHER WORDS FROM turret

tur·ret·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for turret

turret
/ (ˈtʌrɪt) /

noun

a small tower that projects from the wall of a building, esp a medieval castle
  1. a self-contained structure, capable of rotation, in which weapons are mounted, esp in tanks and warships
  2. a similar structure on an aircraft that houses one or more guns and sometimes a gunner
a tall wooden tower on wheels used formerly by besiegers to scale the walls of a fortress
(on a machine tool) a turret-like steel structure with tools projecting radially that can be indexed round to select or to bring each tool to bear on the work

Word Origin for turret

C14: from Old French torete, from tor tower, from Latin turris
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