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con·ning tower

 (kŏn′ĭng)
n.
1. A raised, enclosed observation post in a submarine, often being a means of entrance to the interior.
2. The armored pilothouse of a warship.

[From con.]

conning tower

(ˈkɒnɪŋ)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) Also called: sail a superstructure of a submarine, used as the bridge when the vessel is on the surface
2. (Nautical Terms) the armoured pilot house of a warship
[C19: see con4]

conn′ing tow`er

(ˈkɒn ɪŋ)
n.
1. the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior.
2. the low, dome-shaped armored pilothouse of a warship.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conning tower - an armored pilothouse on a warshipconning tower - an armored pilothouse on a warship  
pilothouse, wheelhouse - an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
2.conning tower - a raised bridge on a submarine; often used for entering and exiting
bridge deck, bridge - an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
pigboat, submarine, U-boat, sub - a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
Translations

conning tower

[ˈkɒnɪŋˌtaʊəʳ] N [of submarine] → torre f de mando

conning tower

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conning tower

[ˈkɒnɪŋˌtaʊəʳ] n (of submarine) → torretta di comando
References in classic literature ?
The echoing chamber of his soul was a narrow room, a conning tower, whence were directed his arm and shoulder muscles, his ten nimble fingers, and the swift-moving iron along its steaming path in broad, sweeping strokes, just so many strokes and no more, just so far with each stroke and not a fraction of an inch farther, rushing along interminable sleeves, sides, backs, and tails, and tossing the finished shirts, without rumpling, upon the receiving frame.
At one point in the table-land of the mountain, there was a little koppie of brown stone, which served the double purpose of head-quarters and of a conning tower.
It fast forwards to author HG Wells' short story called The Land Ironclads, which featured in the Strand Magazine in 1903, describing iron-plated machines with retractable conning towers, armed with a canon and mounted on a pedrail system.