|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|
|5.||(intr) to be or rise like a tower; loom|
|[C12: from Old French tur, from Latin turris, from Greek]|
of Babel (Gen. 11:4), Edar (Gen. 35:21), Penuel (Judg. 8:9, 17), Shechem (9:46), David (Cant. 4:4), Lebanon (7:4), Syene (Ezek. 29:10), Hananeel (Zech. 14:10), Siloam (Luke 13:4). There were several towers in Jerusalem (2 Chr. 26:9; Ps. 48:12). They were erected for various purposes, as watch-towers in vineyard (Isa. 5:2; Matt. 21:33) and towers for defence.