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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The first thing to do, says authority aged Twenty-One, is to be knocked silly by concussion in the conning-tower.

    A Fleet in Being Rudyard Kipling
  • The conning-tower will be seen below the bridge, in front of the foremast.

  • We were almost at a stop, when our skipper told me to get into the conning-tower well and to be down far enough to give him room.

    Some Naval Yarns Mordaunt Hall
  • "I'll stand by you," Captain Purnall roars to the lone figure on the conning-tower.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • The attacker's conning-tower was smashed, and she sank at once with all hands.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • The conning-tower (magnetic) compass was flooded out and useless.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • The armour at the base of the conning-tower is cleft through as though it were a biscuit-box.

  • Suddenly the object-bowl of the conning-tower periscope was flooded with light.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • A few moments later he heard a sort of soft, sighing sound outside the conning-tower.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Here is our conning-tower, with half-inch steel armour on it.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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