Meaning of “control tower” in the English Dictionary

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"control tower" in English

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control towernoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈtrəʊl ˌtaʊər/ us /kənˈtroʊl ˌtaʊ.ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Gloomily the four young spacemen turned away from the ramp and headed for the control tower to hear the latest reports from the ships already underway. 
  • Strong turned and flipped on the intercom to the control tower. 
  • Strong turned to the intercom mike, calling, "Captain Strong to control tower, check in." 
  • There was a crackling of static over the loud-speaker and then the calm voice of Tom filled the control tower. 

(Definition of “control tower” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"control tower" in American English

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control towernoun [ C ]

us /kənˈtroʊl ˌtɑʊ·ər/

a tall building in an airport from which air traffic is watched and directed

(Definition of “control tower” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)