What is a tower?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
March 18, 2015
What is a tower?

In defenses such as fortresses and castles towers were of great importance. Until now, they have attracted the attention of tourists not only for their military significance and architectural features, but also for secrets and riddles that they keep in themselves.

What is the tower and what is mysterious in it, we consider in the article.

Tower: word meanings

The tower is an engineering construction, a feature of the structure of which consists in the prevalence of height over horizontal parameters. Towers in architecture are usually quite high. Initially, they were exclusively defensive. So, we can see some of the fortress towers that have reached us, which at the expense of their height served as a good observation point, and also allowed certain types of troops to fight, such as archers. In the castles of the tower were often places of imprisonment of prisoners.

Now the towers are used as engineering structures (water, television). Over time, the towers gained aesthetic value (as an element of architecture).Many even became symbols and landmarks of particular places, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Tower of Pisa. You can find out about them in the articles:

The word tower is used in military and naval affairs: the so-called elevation for guns or machine guns.

In addition to the general definition, the tower has a figurative meaning. For example, the portable use of the word "tower" characterizes a certain jumble of objects, thoughts, etc. Also it can be called a very tall person.