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tow•er



Pronunciation: (tou'ur), [key]
n.
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 vertical case designed to house a computer system standing on the floor.
7. Aviation.See control tower.
8. tower of strength, a person who can be relied on for support, aid, or comfort, esp. in times of difficulty.

v.i.
1. to rise or extend far upward, as a tower; reach or stand high: The skyscraper towers above the city.
2. to rise above or surpass others: She towers above the other students.
3. Falconry.(of a hawk) to rise straight into the air; to ring up.

tow•er



Pronunciation: (tō'ur), [key]
n.
a person or thing that tows.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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