[ tur-it, tuhr- ]
/ ˈtɜr ɪt, ˈtʌr- /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM turrettur·ret·less, adjective
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How to use turret in a sentence
Three armored police vans came barreling down the road firing shotgun pellets out of the turrets normally used to launch teargas.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The jagged top and spurs of San Jacinto Mountain shone like the turrets and posterns of a citadel built of rubies.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
If lightning fell it would only strike yonder chapel with its sharp roof, or the little tower which has turrets.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
After that, when the platform and the turrets which crown it were finished, nothing more was seen.
At the opposite end of the church there are two turrets corresponding in height and form with those is front.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
Isolated turrets, domes, and pinnacles came out in gleaming relief against the dark-blue background of the heavens.Overland|John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for turret
/ (ˈtʌrɪt) /
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
C14: from Old French torete, from tor tower, from Latin turris
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