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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tower  \Tow"er\,  n.  [OE.  tour,tor,tur,  F.  tour,  L.  turris;  akin 
  to  Gr  ?;  cf  W.  twr  a  tower,  Ir  tor  a  castle,  Gael.  torr  a 
  tower,  castle.  Cf  {Tor},  {Turret}.] 
  1.  (Arch.) 
  a  A  mass  of  building  standing  alone  and  insulated, 
  usually  higher  than  its  diameter,  but  when  of  great 
  size  not  always  of  that  proportion. 
  b  A  projection  from  a  line  of  wall,  as  a  fortification, 
  for  purposes  of  defense,  as  a  flanker,  either  or  the 
  same  height  as  the  curtain  wall  or  higher. 
  c  A  structure  appended  to  a  larger  edifice  for  a  special 
  purpose,  as  for  a  belfry,  and  then  usually  high  in 
  proportion  to  its  width  and  to  the  height  of  the  rest 
  of  the  edifice;  as  a  church  tower. 
  2.  A  citadel;  a  fortress;  hence  a  defense. 
  Thou  hast  been  a  shelter  for  me  and  a  strong  tower 
  from  the  enemy.  --Ps.  lxi.  3. 
  3.  A  headdress  of  a  high  or  towerlike  form  fashionable  about 
  the  end  of  the  seventeenth  century  and  until  1715;  also 
  any  high  headdress. 
  Lay  trains  of  amorous  intrigues  In  towers,  and 
  curls,  and  periwigs.  --Hudibras. 
  4.  High  flight;  elevation.  [Obs.]  --Johnson. 
  {Gay  Lussac's  tower}  (Chem.),  a  large  tower  or  chamber  used 
  in  the  sulphuric  acid  process,  to  absorb  (by  means  of 
  concentrated  acid)  the  spent  nitrous  fumes  that  they  may 
  be  returned  to  the  Glover's  tower  to  be  reemployed  See 
  {Sulphuric  acid},  under  {Sulphuric},  and  {Glover's  tower}, 
  {Glover's  tower}  (Chem.),  a  large  tower  or  chamber  used  in 
  the  manufacture  of  sulphuric  acid,  to  condense  the  crude 
  acid  and  to  deliver  concentrated  acid  charged  with  nitrous 
  fumes.  These  fumes,  as  a  catalytic,  effect  the  conversion 
  of  sulphurous  to  sulphuric  acid.  See  {Sulphuric  acid}, 
  under  {Sulphuric},  and  {Gay  Lussac's  tower},  above. 
  {Round  tower}.  See  under  {Round},  a. 
  {Shot  tower}.  See  under  {Shot}. 
  {Tower  bastion}  (Fort.),  a  bastion  of  masonry,  often  with 
  chambers  beneath,  built  at  an  angle  of  the  interior 
  polygon  of  some  works 
  {Tower  mustard}  (Bot.),  the  cruciferous  plant  {Arabis 
  {Tower  of  London},  a  collection  of  buildings  in  the  eastern 
  part  of  London,  formerly  containing  a  state  prison,  and 
  now  used  as  an  arsenal  and  repository  of  various  objects 
  of  public  interest. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tower  \Tow"er\,  v.  t. 
  To  soar  into  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tower  \Tow"er\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {towered};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  To  rise  and  overtop  other  objects;  to  be  lofty  or  very  high; 
  hence  to  soar. 
  On  the  other  side  an  high  rock  towered  still 
  My  lord  protector's  hawks  do  tower  so  well  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  structure  taller  than  its  diameter;  can  stand  alone  or  be 
  attached  to  a  larger  building 
  2:  anything  tall  and  thin  approximating  the  shape  of  a  column 
  or  tower;  "the  test  tube  held  a  column  of  white  powder"; 
  "a  tower  of  dust  rose  above  the  horizon";  "a  thin  pillar 
  of  smoke  betrayed  their  campsite"  [syn:  {column},  {pillar}] 
  v  :  appear  very  large  [syn:  {loom},  {hulk}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Tower,  MI 
  Zip  code(s):  49792 
  Tower,  MN  (city,  FIPS  65272) 
  Location:  47.81007  N,  92.29047  W 
  Population  (1990):  502  (275  housing  units) 
  Area:  4.3  sq  km  (land),  1.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  55790 

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