The definition of a turret is a small tower that extends above a building, typically at a corner and especially on castles.
The tall tower atop a castle where Princess Rapunzel lived is an example of a turret.
- a small tower projecting from a building, usually at a corner and often merely ornamental
- a wooden, usually square tower on wheels, carrying soldiers, battering-rams, catapults, etc., used in ancient warfare for attacking fortresses and walled cities
- a low, armored, usually revolving, structure for a gun or guns, as on a warship, tank, or fortress
- a transparent dome for a gun and gunner, as on a bomber
- an attachment for a lathe, drill, etc., consisting of a block holding several cutting tools, which may be rotated to present any of the tools to the workalso tur′ret·head·
- an adjustable device on a camera for holding various lenses
Origin of turretMiddle English turet from Old French tourete, diminutive of tour: see tower
- A small tower or tower-shaped projection on a building.
- a. A low, heavily armored structure, usually rotating horizontally, containing mounted guns and their gunners or crew, as on a warship or tank.b. A domelike gunner's enclosure projecting from the fuselage of a combat aircraft.
- A tall wooden structure mounted on wheels and used in ancient warfare by besiegers to scale the walls of an enemy fortress.
- An attachment for a lathe consisting of a rotating cylindrical block holding various cutting tools.
- A rotating device holding various lenses, as for a microscope, allowing easy switching from one lens to another.
Origin of turretMiddle English turet from Old French torete diminutive of tor tower ; see tower .
- (architecture) a little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the corners of a building or castle
- (historical, military) a siege tower; 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
- (military) an armoured, rotating gun installation, on a fort, ship, aircraft, or armoured fighting vehicle
- (rail transport) the elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation
- (electronics) a tower-like solder post on a turret board (a circuit board with posts instead of holes)