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In , a turret (from : torretta, little tower; : turris, tower) is a small that projects vertically from the wall of a building such as a . Turrets were used to provide a projecting defensive position allowing covering fire to the adjacent wall in the days of . As their military use faded, turrets were used for decorative purposes, as in the Scottish baronial style.

A turret can have a circular top with as seen in the picture at right, a pointed roof, or other kind of apex. It might contain a staircase if it projects higher than the building; however, a turret is not necessarily higher than the rest of the building; in this case, it is typically part of a room, that can be simply walked into – see the turret of Chateau de Chaumont on the collection of turrets, which also illustrates a turret on a modern .

A building may have both and turrets; towers might be smaller or higher, but turrets instead project from the edge of a building rather than continue to the ground. The size of a turret is therefore limited, since it puts additional stresses on the structure of the building. Turrets were traditionally supported by a .

In modern times, a is a weapon mount that houses the crew or mechanism of a projectile-firing weapon, allowing the weapon to be aimed and fired in some degree of azimuth and elevation. It can be found on warships, combat vehicles, military aircraft, and land fortifications, and usually offers some degree of armour or protection.

File:Newark Castle turrets.jpgCorbelled corner turrets at Newark Castle, Port Glasgow File:Balhousie Castle (3) - - 548503.jpg
The turrets of in Perth, Scotland File:HavanaFortTurret.jpgTurret of the old fort guarding harbour, Cuba File:New Terrace.JPGA turret on a building in Denver, Colorado File:Het Schip 01.jpgTurret at the housing in the style File:Copper-turrets.jpgCopper and silver turrets File:Tour de Belem detail 1 082006.JPGBastion terrace on Belém Tower with its Moorish turrets and from the north-west

See also
  • , an overhanging, wall-mounted turret found particularly on French and Spanish fortifications between the early 14th and the 16th century. They returned to prominence in the 19th century with their popularity in Scottish baronial style.
  • Turret (Hadrian's Wall)

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