Turret definition

tûrĭt, tŭr-
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A small tower or tower-shaped projection on a building.
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A low, heavily armored structure, usually rotating horizontally, containing mounted guns and their gunners or crew, as on a warship or tank.
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A rotating device holding various lenses, as for a microscope, allowing easy switching from one lens to another.
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A tall wooden structure mounted on wheels and used in ancient warfare by besiegers to scale the walls of an enemy fortress.
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An attachment for a lathe consisting of a rotating cylindrical block holding various cutting tools.
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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.

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A domelike gunner's enclosure projecting from the fuselage of a combat aircraft.
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A small tower projecting from a building, usually at a corner and often merely ornamental.
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A wooden, usually square tower on wheels, carrying soldiers, battering-rams, catapults, etc., used in ancient warfare for attacking fortresses and walled cities.
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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 work.
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An adjustable device on a camera for holding various lenses.
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A low, armored, usually revolving, structure for a gun or guns, as on a warship, tank, or fortress.
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A transparent dome for a gun and gunner, as on a bomber.
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(architecture) A little tower, frequently a merely ornamental structure at one of the corners of a building or castle.
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(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.
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(military) An armoured, rotating gun installation, on a fort, ship, aircraft, or armoured fighting vehicle.
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(rail transport) The elevated central portion of the roof of a passenger car. Its sides are pierced for light and ventilation.
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(electronics) A tower-like solder post on a turret board (a circuit board with posts instead of holes)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
turret
Plural:
turrets

Origin of turret

  • Middle English turet from Old French torete diminutive of tor tower tower

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English touret, Old French tourette, diminutive of tour a tower, Latin turris. See tower

    From Wiktionary