Meaning of turret

tur•ret

Pronunciation: (tûr'it, tur'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a small tower, usually 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. Also calleda pivoted attachment on a lathe or the like for holding a number of tools, each of which can be presented to the work in rapid succession by a simple rotating movement.
  4. a domelike, sometimes heavily armored structure, usually revolving horizontally, within which guns are mounted, as on a fortification, ship, or aircraft.
  5. a tall structure, usually moved on wheels, formerly employed in breaching or scaling a fortified place, a wall, or the like.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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