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tur·ret

 (tûr′ĭt, tŭr′-)
n.
1. A small tower or tower-shaped projection on a building.
2.
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.
3. A tall wooden structure mounted on wheels and used in ancient warfare by besiegers to scale the walls of an enemy fortress.
4. An attachment for a lathe consisting of a rotating cylindrical block holding various cutting tools.
5. A rotating device holding various lenses, as for a microscope, allowing easy switching from one lens to another.

[Middle English turet, from Old French torete, diminutive of tor, tower; see tower.]

turret

(ˈtʌrɪt)
n
1. (Architecture) a small tower that projects from the wall of a building, esp a medieval castle
2. (Military)
a. a self-contained structure, capable of rotation, in which weapons are mounted, esp in tanks and warships
b. a similar structure on an aircraft that houses one or more guns and sometimes a gunner
3. (Fortifications) a tall wooden tower on wheels used formerly by besiegers to scale the walls of a fortress
4. (Mechanical Engineering) (on a machine tool) a turret-like steel structure with tools projecting radially that can be indexed round to select or to bring each tool to bear on the work
[C14: from Old French torete, from tor tower, from Latin turris]

tur•ret

(ˈtɜr ɪt, ˈtʌr-)

n.
1. a small tower, usu. one forming part of a larger structure.
2. a small tower at an angle of a building, as of a castle or fortress, frequently beginning some distance above the ground.
3. a domelike structure, usu. revolving horizontally, in which a gun is mounted, as on an armored vehicle, ship, or aircraft.
4. Also called tur′ret•head` (-ˌhɛd) a pivoted attachment on a lathe or the like for holding a number of tools.
[1300–50; Middle English turet < Middle French turete=tur tower1 + -ete -et]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turret - a small tower extending above a buildingturret - a small tower extending above a building
castle - a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
tower - a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
2.turret - a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotationturret - a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotation
weapons platform, platform - any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
armored combat vehicle, armoured combat vehicle, army tank, tank - an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads
Translations
بُرْجبُرْج دَوّار في سَفينَه
střelecká věžvěžička
kanontårnlille tårn
kis toronypáncéltorony
byssuturnsmáturn
bruņutornistornītis
strelecká veža
döner çelik kuleküçük kuletaret

turret

[ˈtʌrɪt] N [of castle] → torreón m; [of tank, warship, aircraft] → torreta f (Mil, Hist) → torre f, torrecilla f (US) (Tech) → cabrestante m

turret

[ˈtʌrɪt] n
(on castle, tower)tourelle f
(on tank, warship)tourelle f

turret

n (Archit) → Mauer- or Eckturm m; (on tank) → Turm m; (on ship) → Gefechtsturm m

turret

[ˈtʌrɪt] ntorretta

turret

(ˈtarit) , ((American) ˈtə:rit) noun
1. a small tower. A fortress often has turrets.
2. steel protecting gunners on a tank, plane etc.
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