Turret Tur"ret, n. [OE. touret, OF. tourette, dim. of tour a tower, L. turris. See {Tower}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the angles of a larger structure. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Railroads) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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  • turret — c.1300, small tower, from O.Fr. touret (12c.), dim. of tour tower, from L. turris (see TOWER (Cf. tower)). Meaning low, flat gun tower on a warship is recorded from 1862, later also of tanks. Related: Turreted …   Etymology dictionary

  • turret — has an adjectival form turreted (one t) …   Modern English usage

  • turret — ► NOUN 1) a small tower at the corner of a building or wall, especially of a castle. 2) an armoured, usually revolving tower for a gun and gunners in a ship, aircraft, fort, or tank. 3) a rotating holder for tools, especially on a lathe.… …   English terms dictionary

  • turret — [tʉr′ithed΄tʉr′it, toor′it] n. [ME turet < OFr tourete, dim. of tour: see TOWER1] 1. a small tower projecting from a building, usually at a corner and often merely ornamental 2. a wooden, usually square tower on wheels, carrying soldiers,… …   English World dictionary

  • Turret — In architecture, a turret (from Italian: torretta , little tower; Latin: turris , tower) is a small tower that projects vertically from the wall of a building such as a medieval castle. Turrets were used to provide a projecting defensive position …   Wikipedia

  • turret — [[t]tʌ̱rɪt, AM tɜ͟ːr [/t]] turrets 1) N COUNT A turret is a small narrow tower on top of a building or a larger tower. 2) N COUNT: oft n N The turret on a tank or warship is the part where the guns are fixed, which can be turned in any direction …   English dictionary

  • turret — UK [ˈtʌrɪt] / US [ˈtʌrət] noun [countable] Word forms turret : singular turret plural turrets 1) a small tower on the top of a building such as a castle 2) a high part on a military ship or vehicle where guns are fixed. You can turn it in order… …   English dictionary

  • turret — Turrethead Tur ret*head an attachment fitted to a lathe or other machinery which holds a variety of tools which can act on the object being worked, and which are interchangeable by a pivoting motion, thus allowing efficient performance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turret — noun Turret is used after these nouns: ↑gun …   Collocations dictionary

  • turret — /ˈtʌrət / (say turuht) noun 1. a small tower, usually one forming part of a larger structure. 2. a small tower at an angle of a building, frequently beginning some distance above the ground. 3. Also, turrethead. a pivoted attachment on a lathe,… …  

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