conning tower

conning tower
'conning .tower
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: con 'to look at, study' (15-19 centuries), from Old English cunnan; CAN1]
technical the structure on top of a ↑submarine (=underwater ship)

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  • conning tower — n. [prp. of CONN] 1. a heavily armored pilothouse on a warship, for use in battle 2. a low observation tower on a submarine, serving also as an entrance to the interior …   English World dictionary

  • Conning tower — Con ning tow er, 1. n. The shot proof pilot house of a war vessel. [archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. the raised structure rising above the deck of a submarine. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conning tower — A conning tower is a raised platform on a ship or submarine, often armored, from which an officer can con the vessel; i.e., give directions to the helmsman. It is usually located as high on the ship as practical, to give the conning team good… …   Wikipedia

  • conning tower — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms conning tower : singular conning tower plural conning towers the part on top of a submarine from which the periscope sticks out …   English dictionary

  • conning tower — noun a) The armoured control tower of an early iron warship from which the ship was navigated in battle I waited until half an hour after Benson had gone on duty, and then I went on deck, passing through the conning tower where Benson sat, and… …   Wiktionary

  • conning tower — /kon ing/ 1. the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior. 2. the low, dome shaped, armored pilothouse of a warship. [1865 70; CON3 + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • conning tower — con·ning tow·er || kÉ’nɪŋ elevated observation tower in a submarine that forms the main entrance and which contains the periscope; pilothouse on a warship that is protected by armor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conning tower — conn′ing tow er [[t]ˈkɒn ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) naut. mil navig. the low observation tower of a submarine, constituting the main entrance to the interior 2) mil the low, dome shaped armored pilothouse of a warship • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • conning tower — /ˈkɒnɪŋ taʊə / (say koning towuh) noun 1. the superstructure on a submarine which acts as observation tower and main entrance to the interior. 2. the low, dome shaped, armoured pilot house of a warship, used especially during battle. {con3 +… …  

  • conning-tower — connˈing tower noun The pilot house of a warship or the raised structure on the hull of a submarine, acting as a bridge when the submarine is on the surface • • • Main Entry: ↑con …   Useful english dictionary

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