tower1 [tou-er] /ˈtaʊ ər/ Show IPA
a building or structure high in proportion to its lateral dimensions, either isolated or forming part of a building.
such a structure used as or intended for a stronghold, fortress, prison, etc.
any of various fully enclosed fireproof housings for vertical communications, as staircases, between the stories of a building.
any structure, contrivance, or object that resembles or suggests a tower.
a tall, movable structure used in ancient and medieval warfare in storming a fortified place.
a tall, vertical case with accessible horizontal drive bays, designed to house a computer system standing on a desk or floor.
verb (used without object)
to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high:
The skyscraper towers above the city.
to rise above or surpass others:
She towers above the other students.
Falconry. (of a hawk) to rise straight into the air; to ring up.
tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, especially in times of difficulty.
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