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conning tower

[kon-ing] /ˈkɒn ɪŋ/
the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior.
the low, dome-shaped, armored pilothouse of a warship.
Origin of conning tower
1865-70; con3 + -ing2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conning tower
  • The operator sits in a conning tower in the top of the car.
  • Only a conning tower for air intake and radar need be above the surface.
  • There is an invisible pilot in a conning tower who calls down directions by phone.
  • The captain navigated by peering out fist-size portholes in the forward conning tower.
  • The sophisticated vessel also has a conning tower, periscope and air conditioning system.
  • Note the conning tower above the tug pilot house so that the mate can see above the barge.
  • When the submarine was found, a four-inch hole was observed in the starboard side of its conning tower.
  • The pilot's visibility is enhanced through eight ports in the conning tower.
  • The sophisticated vessel also has a conning tower, periscope, and air conditioning system.
  • The sight holes in the armored conning tower for use in close fighting are thirty-four and a half feet above the water.
British Dictionary definitions for conning tower

conning tower

Also called sail. a superstructure of a submarine, used as the bridge when the vessel is on the surface
the armoured pilot house of a warship
Word Origin
C19: see con4
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