tower Definition

  • 1a tall, narrow building, either freestanding or forming part of a building such as a church or castle
  • 2a place or thing that is very tall or high
  • 3a person or thing that is outstandingly successful or important

Using tower: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tower" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

  • Example

    The tower of the church was visible from miles away.

  • Example

    The CN Tower in Toronto is over 500 meters tall.

  • Example

    She is a towering figure in the world of science.

tower Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with tower

  • a person who gives support, comfort, and strength to others during difficult times


    My best friend was a tower of strength when my father died.

  • tower over someone/something

    to be much taller than someone or something else


    The skyscraper towered over the other buildings in the city.

  • a state of privileged seclusion or separation from the facts and practicalities of the real world


    Some critics accuse academics of living in an ivory tower, disconnected from the concerns of ordinary people.

Origins of tower

from Old English 'torr', meaning 'a tower'


Summary: tower in Brief

A 'tower' [ˈtaʊər] is a tall, narrow building that can be freestanding or part of a larger structure. It can also refer to anything that is very tall or high, such as the CN Tower in Toronto. 'Tower' can also be used metaphorically to describe a person or thing that is outstandingly successful or important, as in 'She is a towering figure in the world of science.'

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