(biblical) A towererected at Babel by the descendants of Noah's son Ham to reach the sky, and whose completion Godthwarted by making the workers speak different languages so that they were unable to understand one another.
His empire extended over the three Indies, including that Farther India, where lay the body of St Thomas, to the sun-rising, and back again down the slope to the ruins of Babylon and the tower of Babel.
Oakeshott, M. (1948), 'The tower of Babel ', reprinted in Rationalism in Politics.
A tradition similar to that of the tower of Babel is found in Central America.
Some of the best authorities believe that it was this ambitious but incomplete and ruinous ziggurat, existing before the time of Nebuchadrezzar, which gave occasion to or afforded local attachment for the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
On the walls of the grand marble staircase, which rises to the full height of the building, Kaulbach's cyclus of stereochromic pictures is painted, representing the six great epochs of human progress, from the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel and the dispersion of the nations to the Reformation.