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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations

conning tower

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

nKommandoturm m
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conning tower

[ˈkɒnɪŋˌtaʊəʳ] n (of submarine) → torretta di comando
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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. Here we found Infadoos surrounded by his own regiment, the Greys, which was undoubtedly the finest in the Kukuana army, and the same that we had first seen at the outlying kraal.
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.