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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Turret  \Tur"ret\,  n.  [OE.  touret,  OF  tourette,  dim.  of  tour  a 
  tower,  L.  turris.  See  {Tower}.] 
  1.  (Arch.)  A  little  tower,  frequently  a  merely  ornamental 
  structure  at  one  of  the  angles  of  a  larger  structure. 
  2.  (Anc.  Mil.)  A  movable  building,  of  a  square  form 
  consisting  of  ten  or  even  twenty  stories  and  sometimes  one 
  hundred  and  twenty  cubits  high,  usually  moved  on  wheels, 
  and  employed  in  approaching  a  fortified  place  for 
  carrying  soldiers,  engines,  ladders,  casting  bridges,  and 
  other  necessaries. 
  3.  (Mil.)  A  revolving  tower  constructed  of  thick  iron  plates, 
  within  which  cannon  are  mounted.  Turrets  are  used  on 
  vessels  of  war  and  on  land. 
  4.  (Railroads)  The  elevated  central  portion  of  the  roof  of  a 
  passenger  car  Its  sides  are  pierced  for  light  and 
  {Turret  clock},  a  large  clock  adapted  for  an  elevated 
  position,  as  in  the  tower  of  a  church. 
  {Turret  head}  (Mach.),  a  vertical  cylindrical  revolving  tool 
  holder  for  bringing  different  tools  into  action 
  successively  in  a  machine,  as  in  a  lathe. 
  {Turret  lathe},  a  turning  lathe  having  a  turret  head. 
  {Turret  ship},  an  ironclad  war  vessel,  with  low  sides,  on 
  which  heavy  guns  are  mounted  within  one  or  more  iron 
  turrets,  which  may  be  rotated,  so  that  the  guns  may  be 
  made  to  bear  in  any  required  direction. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  small  tower  extending  above  a  building 
  2:  a  self-contained  weapons  platform  housing  guns  and  capable 
  of  rotation  [syn:  {gun  enclosure},  {gun  turret}] 

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