- 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.
Origin of turret
Examples from the Web for turret
Contemporary Examples of turret
Using fingerprints, one was identified as U.S. Army Pvt. James Bowman, who had been in the turret of the car next to Gordon.The WWII Hero America Abandoned
Megan McCloskey, ProPublica
March 21, 2014
The slide wraps around the castle like an old helter skelter and the castle is a play den with turret.OMG I Want That ...Nursery (Royal Edition)
May 9, 2013
One eager father even shoved his young daughter up in a turret with a soldier.Egypt's Million Man March Protesters to Mubarak: Resign Now
February 1, 2011
Historical Examples of turret
The stairway was very narrow, and formed a regular spiral as in a turret.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The southern and the eastern windows of the turret chamber were open.Casanova's Homecoming
Luck was with them, as they found after some observations from the turret.
They were standing near the foot of the turret, where the alarm-bell hung.Barnaby Rudge
There had simultaneously been an encounter up in the turret.
- a small tower that projects from the wall of a building, esp a medieval castle
- a self-contained structure, capable of rotation, in which weapons are mounted, esp in tanks and warships
- 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
c.1300, "small tower," from Old French touret (12c.), diminutive of tour "tower," from Latin turris (see tower). Meaning "low, flat gun-tower on a warship" is recorded from 1862, later also of tanks. Related: Turreted.