- Very tall or high, so as to dwarf anything around it.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803:
- So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
- 1964, Look (volume 28, page 338)
- She is a towering girl with a husky baritone voice and a friendly and flamboyant style.
- 2010 December 28, Marc Vesty, “Stoke 0-2 Fulham”, in BBC:
- And it was not until Ryan Shawcross's towering header was cleared off the line by Danny Murphy on the stroke of half-time that Stoke started to crank up the pressure and suggest they were capable of getting back into the match.
towering (plural towerings)
- The act or condition of being high above others.
- 1829, John Timbs, Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors:
- Gaiety seldom fails to give some pain; the hearers either strain their faculties to accompany its towerings, or are left behind in envy or despair.
- 1787, Robert Burns, letter to a friend
- But I am an old hawk at the sport; and wrote her such a cool, deliberate, prudent reply, as brought my bird from the aerial towerings, pop down at my foot like Corporal Trim's hat.