conning tower

[kon-ing]
noun
1.
the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior.
2.
the low, dome-shaped, armored pilothouse of a warship.

Origin:
1865–70; con3 + -ing2

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conning tower (ˈkɒnɪŋ)
 
n
1.  Also called: sail a superstructure of a submarine, used as the bridge when the vessel is on the surface
2.  the armoured pilot house of a warship
 
[C19: see con4]

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Example sentences
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.
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