Definition of watchtower in English:

watchtower

noun

  • A tower built to create an elevated observation point.

    • ‘This is a complete misnomer; it is an eight metre high sheer concrete wall with watchtowers.’
    • ‘When we first stepped onto the Great Wall we were awe-struck by the never-ending structure snaking up into the hills in both directions, with little square watchtowers dotted along the horizon.’
    • ‘Army watchtowers to be demolished with no Army presence in police stations and use of military helicopters for training purposes only.’
    • ‘Girona proper is steeped in the history of its medieval old city, a cobbled labyrinth of narrow alleys and watchtowers separated from the city's modern business district by the smooth-flowing Onyar River.’
    • ‘We have wildfires out there, and there are watchtowers that are empty because of his cuts.’
    • ‘The settlement perimeter is marked by watchtowers and torches and the village has its own cadre of border guards dressed in a sort of monk's habit in a mustard colour, which is thought to soothe the creatures.’
    • ‘The western terminal of the wall was at Bowness-on-Solway, but fortlets and watchtowers continued down the Cumberland coast.’
    • ‘We could have turned the planet into a slave camp of watchtowers and concertina wire if we had chosen.’
    • ‘Hotels, beaches and resorts may be required to have watchtowers for alerting public.’
    • ‘We are ushered through another checkpoint and eventually the road ends at a couple of watchtowers and heavily guarded barriers.’
    • ‘However our experience to date has been that the watchtowers have now been replaced by frequent checkpoints on roads in the area.’
    • ‘It's a tower - an old watchtower from the days when they needed watchtowers.’
    • ‘And in the meantime, in all those hills surrounding those cities, sharpshooters are standing by in watchtowers.’
    • ‘He ordered thousands of watchtowers to be built 12 metres tall and 12 square metres at their base with 6-metre walls of granite joining them.’
    • ‘It is surrounded by trenches, electric wire and moats; there are watchtowers at regular intervals.’
    • ‘In these mountainous areas, the typical Caucasian home is built like a fortress, with high watchtowers and six-metre walls.’
    • ‘There's no fence, no razor wire, no watchtowers, no guard station.’
    warning fire, warning light, signal fire, signal light, bonfire, smoke signal, beam, signal, danger signal, guiding light
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Pronunciation

watchtower

/ˈwɒtʃtaʊə/