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control tower

noun
1.
a glass-enclosed, elevated structure for the visual observation and control of the air and ground traffic at an airport.
Also called tower.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples from the web for control tower
  • Watch the planes land and take off through binoculars and hear audio from the control tower.
  • Because there was little other traffic at the airport, communications with the control tower were noticeably relaxed.
  • The control tower at the local airport has a direct view of the site, which is kept well lit during the dark winter months.
  • The runway may be intact, but the control tower lost communications after the quake.
  • These channels can be programmed to an output device that steers my jet or dials the help line at my local control tower.
  • Loved or hated, the old control tower was undeniably a traveler's milestone.
  • Many airports have only part-time control tower operations, and many others have no control tower.
  • It added an instrument runway, a terminal building, a control tower and an air cargo center.
British Dictionary definitions for control tower

control tower

noun
1.
a tower at an airport from which air traffic is controlled
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