Pronunciation: (tou'ur-ing), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.