Definition of towering in US English:



  • 1attributive Extremely tall, especially in comparison with the surroundings.

    ‘Hari looked up at the towering buildings’
    • ‘As if to literalize the longing of the title, a breathtakingly extended axle-like element joins a towering wheel to a tall woven hive shape.’
    • ‘It wasn't the normal, dark, towering building, but a tall, skinny, grayish color that looked like it had rotted from the inside.’
    • ‘Peeking out from around the building, he saw before him the towering Keep, surrounded by the inner walls.’
    • ‘The South mill complex, with its towering 225 ft tall chimney, is empty and has fallen derelict while one grandiose scheme after another hit the dust.’
    • ‘For ever since I saw that birthday cake - towering and tall - I have never been able to replicate its height.’
    • ‘The enormous skyscrapers and attendant monorails were supplanted by palaces and town houses circumscribed by high walls, towering railings and tall trees.’
    • ‘Although it lies surrounded by an imposing circle of towering mountains, Leh was an important place on the silk route to Yarkhand in China.’
    • ‘The castle was a pure sandstone building with enormous towering pillars and high arches and courtyards.’
    • ‘In a taxi in Mumbai, she sat quietly on the back seat awestruck by the towering buildings almost touching the sky on either side of the road.’
    • ‘The trees were tall and towering though there was a stump in the middle where a tree had been felled.’
    • ‘He was surrounded by tall skyscrapers, their towering heights lost in the inky blackness of a night sky.’
    • ‘Its plaza principal is a huge site surrounded by towering structures.’
    • ‘It was now extremely dark as the towering, derelict offices clouded away the sky.’
    • ‘It is broad daylight, and the Professor is peering through rain-soaked windows at towering black canyons so tall they blot out the sky.’
    • ‘While, as towering buildings, churches even today have an intrinsic power, this exists because of their architecture rather than in the meaning they might convey to us.’
    • ‘A stunned gaze caught sight of that old wreck of a home, seeing the outline of the tall and towering buildings just at the western horizon.’
    • ‘Atop the mountain, more towering buildings reach up into a polluted blue sky.’
    • ‘At a towering two metres tall, her portrait dominates one of the principal rooms of the National Gallery of Scotland with an imperial presence.’
    • ‘I gave them each a glare and turned my attention towards the tall, towering doors that would soon open to reveal my parents.’
    • ‘The window screen was completely enveloped with the dull metal landscape of a huge city of towering buildings, no doubt Capital City.’
    high, tall, lofty, elevated, soaring, sky-high, sky-scraping, steep, mountainous, imposing, multistorey
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    1. 1.1 Of exceptional importance or influence.
      ‘a majestic, towering album’
      • ‘Einstein is still a towering figure, Freud a very influential one, Marx has fallen on hard times.’
      • ‘The 2003 festival is no exception, offering a towering series of art exhibitions and workshops.’
      • ‘Instead we should view promises, and other people's rights, as of such towering importance that they are basically invulnerable to the calculus of social interests.’
      • ‘For Brown, the goal was merely the most expressive part of a towering performance of assurance and influence.’
      • ‘To celebrate our towering achievement, here's a photographic tableau of the PDMG as it looked last Sunday, and very early on Monday morning.’
      • ‘But given the towering importance of this issue and how it affects millions of workers directly, the turnout was scandalously small.’
      • ‘We devote four articles to this subject of towering importance.’
      • ‘Legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore returns from a bout of the blues to his roots and, like the title of the album, he bares his soul and his towering talents with something a few riffs short of a musical masterpiece.’
      • ‘Two very different comedians, two towering influences the impish Carson and the caustic Pryor, passed away in 2005.’
      • ‘Who transformed you from a lame-duck President appointed by the Supreme Court into a towering wartime leader?’
      • ‘The world's largest economy has always been a towering influence over the direction of world stock markets.’
      • ‘Tracks from a raft of towering, beautifully-crafted LPs bounced majestically off that famous low Fibbers ceiling.’
      • ‘Willie Ryan in the Portarlington back-line was a towering influence and had a great game.’
      • ‘An old upright Yankee patrician, a very gentle man in the office of secretary of war, one Henry Stimson, told the president of his good fortune in having for the job a soldier of such towering eminence.’
      • ‘No, today is a day to celebrate the towering human spirit that exists in this one woman.’
      • ‘The second film in the trilogy is a towering achievement which actually surpasses the original in terms of spectacle, scale and emotion.’
      • ‘McGrath is a towering intellect and one of the leading theologians in modern evangelicalism.’
      • ‘Nanda Devi is the patron Goddess of Gharwal and Kumaon and has been a towering influence on the culture of these twin mountain regions.’
      • ‘Short has underlined his importance to the squad with several towering performances since returning from a knee injury.’
      • ‘The album itself doesn't register as a towering artistic achievement, just a reasonably good set of pop songs.’
      outstanding, pre-eminent, leading, foremost, finest, chief, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, major, star, top, topmost, surpassing, superior, supreme, exceptional, stellar, great, incomparable, unrivalled, unsurpassed, peerless, matchless, unequalled, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, extraordinary
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    2. 1.2 Of great intensity.
      ‘his towering anger’
      • ‘It positively thunders from the speakers, rising to a towering, epic crescendo of hissing guitar and soaring choruses.’
      • ‘In that film, a towering epic of stupidity, the astronauts confront a bunch of super-lame CGI aliens who hold hands and cry.’
      extreme, fierce, terrible, intense, overpowering, mighty, violent, fiery, unrestrained, vehement, passionate, ardent, immoderate, intemperate, inordinate, frenzied, fanatical, zealous, frantic, deep
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