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towering

[tou-er-ing] /ˈtaʊ ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
very high or tall; lofty:
a towering oak.
2.
surpassing others; very great:
a towering figure in American poetry.
3.
rising to an extreme degree of violence or intensity:
a towering rage.
4.
beyond the proper or usual limits; inordinate; excessive:
towering pride; towering ambitions.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see tower1, -ing2
Related forms
toweringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. elevated. See high.
Antonyms
1. short.

tower1

[tou-er] /ˈtaʊ ər/
noun
1.
a building or structure high in proportion to its lateral dimensions, either isolated or forming part of a building.
2.
such a structure used as or intended for a stronghold, fortress, prison, etc.
3.
any of various fully enclosed fireproof housings for vertical communications, as staircases, between the stories of a building.
4.
any structure, contrivance, or object that resembles or suggests a tower.
5.
a tall, movable structure used in ancient and medieval warfare in storming a fortified place.
6.
a tall, vertical case with accessible horizontal drive bays, designed to house a computer system standing on a desk or floor.
Compare minitower.
7.
Aviation. control tower.
verb (used without object)
8.
to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high:
The skyscraper towers above the city.
9.
to rise above or surpass others:
She towers above the other students.
10.
Falconry. (of a hawk) to rise straight into the air; to ring up.
Idioms
11.
tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.
Origin
before 900; (noun) Middle English tour, earlier tur, tor < Old French < Latin turris < Greek týrris, variant of týrsis tower; Middle English tor perhaps in some cases continuing Old English torr < Latin turris, as above; (v.) late Middle English touren, derivative of the noun
Related forms
towerless, adjective
towerlike, adjective
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  • Cut down the proud towering thoughts that get into you, or see that they be pure as well as high.
British Dictionary definitions for towering

towering

/ˈtaʊərɪŋ/
adjective
1.
very tall; lofty
2.
outstanding, as in importance or stature
3.
(prenominal) very intense: a towering rage
Derived Forms
toweringly, adverb

tower

/ˈtaʊə/
noun
1.
a tall, usually square or circular structure, sometimes part of a larger building and usually built for a specific purpose: a church tower, a control tower
2.
a place of defence or retreat
3.
a mobile structure used in medieval warfare to attack a castle, etc
4.
tower of strength, a person who gives support, comfort, etc
verb
5.
(intransitive) to be or rise like a tower; loom
Word Origin
C12: from Old French tur, from Latin turris, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for towering

tower

n.

Old English torr, from Latin turris "high structure" (cf. Old French tor, 11c.; Spanish, Italian torre "tower"), possibly from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean language. Also borrowed separately 13c. as tour, from Old French tur. The modern spelling first recorded in 1520s. Meaning "lofty pile or mass" is recorded from mid-14c.

v.

c.1400; see tower (n.). Related: Towered; towering.

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Idioms and Phrases with towering

tower

In addition to the idiom beginning with tower also see: ivory tower
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