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Tall structure of any form on plan, high in proportion to its lateral dimensions, often rising in stages (rather than storeys), free-standing or part of another building, used in fortifications, as points of reference in the landscape, or as a belfry attached to a church. Church-towers often have buttresses, are crowned with battlements, or support spires, and have important architectural features. See also steeple.

Subjects: Architecture.

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