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 for Shot tower
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shot \Shot\, n.; pl. Shotor Shots. [OE. shot, schot, AS.
     gesceot a missile; akin to D. schot a shot, shoot, G. schuss,
     geschoss a missile, Icel. skot a throwing, a javelin, and E.
     shoot, v.t. [root]159. See Shoot, and cf. Shot a share.]
     1. The act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other
        weapon which throws a missile.
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              He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to be
              made at the king's army.              --Clarendon.
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     2. A missile weapon, particularly a ball or bullet;
        specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from
        firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive.
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     Note: Shot used in war is of various kinds, classified
           according to the material of which it is composed, into
           lead, wrought-iron, and cast-iron; according to form,
           into spherical and oblong; according to structure and
           modes of operation, into solid, hollow, and case. See
           Bar shot, Chain shot, etc., under Bar, Chain,
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     3. Small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, -- used
        chiefly as the projectiles in shotguns for killing game;
        as, bird shot; buckshot.
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     4. The flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or
        can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a
        cannon shot.
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     5. A marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an exellent
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     6. (Fisheries)
        (a) A cast of a net.
        (b) The entire throw of nets at one time.
        (c) A place or spot for setting nets.
        (d) A single draft or catch of fish made.
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     7. (Athletics) A spherical weight, to be put, or thrown, in
        competition for distance.
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     8. A stroke, throw, or other action to propel a ball or other
        game piece in certain games, as in billiards, hockey,
        basketball, curling, etc.; also, a move, as in chess.
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     9. A guess; conjecture; also, an attempt. [Colloq.] "I'll
        take a shot at it."
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     Shot belt, a belt having a pouch or compartment for
        carrying shot.
     Shot cartridge, a cartridge containing powder and small
        shot, forming a charge for a shotgun.
     Shot garland (Naut.), a wooden frame to contain shot,
        secured to the coamings and ledges round the hatchways of
        a ship.
     Shot gauge, an instrument for measuring the diameter of
        round shot. --Totten.
     shot hole, a hole made by a shot or bullet discharged.
     Shot locker (Naut.), a strongly framed compartment in the
        hold of a vessel, for containing shot.
     Shot of a cable (Naut.), the splicing of two or more cables
        together, or the whole length of the cables thus united.
     Shot prop (Naut.), a wooden prop covered with tarred hemp,
        to stop a hole made by the shot of an enemy in a ship's
     Shot tower, a lofty tower for making shot, by dropping from
        its summit melted lead in slender streams. The lead forms
        spherical drops which cool in the descent, and are
        received in water or other liquid.
     Shot window, a window projecting from the wall. Ritson,
        quoted by Halliwell, explains it as a window that opens
        and shuts; and Wodrow describes it as a window of shutters
        made of timber and a few inches of glass above them.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tower \Tow"er\, n. [OE. tour,tor,tur, F. tour, L. turris; akin
     to Gr. ?; cf. W. twr a tower, Ir. tor a castle, Gael. torr a
     tower, castle. Cf. Tor, Turret.]
     1. (Arch.)
        (a) A mass of building standing alone and insulated,
            usually higher than its diameter, but when of great
            size not always of that proportion.
        (b) A projection from a line of wall, as a fortification,
            for purposes of defense, as a flanker, either or the
            same height as the curtain wall or higher.
        (c) A structure appended to a larger edifice for a special
            purpose, as for a belfry, and then usually high in
            proportion to its width and to the height of the rest
            of the edifice; as, a church tower.
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     2. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense.
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              Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower
              from the enemy.                       --Ps. lxi. 3.
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     3. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about
        the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also,
        any high headdress.
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              Lay trains of amorous intrigues
              In towers, and curls, and periwigs.   --Hudibras.
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     4. High flight; elevation. [Obs.] --Johnson.
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     Gay Lussac's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used
        in the sulphuric acid process, to absorb (by means of
        concentrated acid) the spent nitrous fumes that they may
        be returned to the Glover's tower to be reemployed. See
        Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric, and Glover's tower,
     Glover's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in
        the manufacture of sulphuric acid, to condense the crude
        acid and to deliver concentrated acid charged with nitrous
        fumes. These fumes, as a catalytic, effect the conversion
        of sulphurous to sulphuric acid. See Sulphuric acid,
        under Sulphuric, and Gay Lussac's tower, above.
     Round tower. See under Round, a.
     Shot tower. See under Shot.
     Tower bastion (Fort.), a bastion of masonry, often with
        chambers beneath, built at an angle of the interior
        polygon of some works.
     Tower mustard (Bot.), the cruciferous plant Arabis
     Tower of London, a collection of buildings in the eastern
        part of London, formerly containing a state prison, and
        now used as an arsenal and repository of various objects
        of public interest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shot tower
      n 1: tower of a kind once used to make shot; molten lead was
           poured through a sieve and dropped into water

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