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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tow"er
  1. [Arch]
    1. A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.
    2. 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.
    3. 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)

Etymology: 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

verb Tow"er
To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar.
verb Tow"er
To soar into.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
  2. A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
  3. Anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower ("a tower of dust rose above the horizon")
  4. Appear very large or occupy a commanding position

From Middle English tour, tur, tor, from Old French tour, toer, tor and Old English tūr, tor, torr ("tower; rock"; > English tor), both from Latin turris (“a tower”). Compare Scots tour, towr, towre (“tower”), West Frisian toer (“tower”), Dutch toren (“tower”), German Turm (“tower”), Danish tårn (“tower”), Swedish torn (“tower”), Icelandic turn (“tower”), Welsh tŵr. See also tor.

  1. A very tall iron-framed structure, usually painted red and white, on which microwave, radio, satellite, or other communication antennas are installed; mast.
  2. A similarly framed structure with a platform or enclosed area on top, used as a lookout for spotting fires, plane crashes, fugitives, etc.
  3. A water tower.
  4. A control tower.
  5. Any very tall building or structure; skyscraper.
    The Sears Tower
  6. (figuratively) Any item, such as a computer case, that is usually higher than it is wide.
  7. (informal) An interlocking tower.
  8. (figuratively) A strong refuge; a defence.
  9. (historical) A tall fashionable headdress.
  10. (obsolete) High flight; elevation.
  11. The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, deemed an ill omen.

tow +‎ -er

  1. One who tows.

    Notable Persons Named Tower

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tower


    Jeremiah Tower is a chef.


    John Tower was a Chairperson of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairperson of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Chairperson of theSenate Armed Services Committee. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 1985. His military service ended in 1989. John was born on September 29th, 1925 in Houston. He breathed his last breath on April 5th, 1991.


    Joan of the Tower was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1329 to 1362. Joan was born as the child of Edward II of England and Isabella of France on July 5th, 1321 in Tower of London, London. She left this life on September 7th, 1362.


    Whitney Tower was a horse racing media, president of the national museum of racing, hall of fame, national museum of racing, and president of thenational museum of racing. Whitney was born as the child of Flora Payne Whitney on June 30th, 1923 in New York. He breathed his last breath on February 11th, 1999.


    Wells was born on April 14th, 1973 in Vancouver, Canada.


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    Popularity of Tower as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tower U.S.
      White 92.40% 64.26%
      African American 2.72% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.49% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.38% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tower

    People with the last name Tower are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Tower

    • How Popular is the name Tower? As a last name Tower was the 7,421st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Tower first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tower is Monday, September 2nd, 1878.
    • How unique is the name Tower? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tower. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Tower: Your name in reverse order is Rewot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rweto. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tower? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,486 people with the last name Tower.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tower? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Tower as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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