Eiffel Tower
   The Eiffel Tower was erected for the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition. The designer for this latticework iron tower was France's most renowned authority on iron construction, civil engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923). Eiffel had organized an iron construction company in 1867 and quickly became France's foremost builder in his field, specializing in bridges. He did not limit his work solely to France. In fact, in 1885 his firm designed the interior steel framework for the Statue of Liberty, presented by France to the United States. Eiffel had also done railwayspans for Russia and some South American countries.
   When erected, the Eiffel Tower was the world's tallest structure, 984 feet high, until completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930, which took the crown away from the tower by adding sixty feet. One of the tallest buildings in the world today is the New York World Trade Center, which reaches skyward 1,353 feet.

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  • Eiffel Tower — [ī′fəl] n. [after A. G. Eiffel (1832 1923), Fr engineer who designed it] tower of iron framework in Paris, built for the International Exposition of 1889: 984 ft (300 m) high …   English World dictionary

  • Eiffel Tower — erected in the Champ de Mars for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889; at 984.25 feet the world s tallest structure at the time. Designed by French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832 1923) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Eiffel Tower — a tower of skeletal iron construction in Paris, France: built for the exposition of 1889. 984 ft. (300 m) high. [named after A. G. EIFFEL, its engineer and principal designer] * * * Parisian landmark built for the Centennial Exposition of 1889.… …   Universalium

  • Eiffel Tower — (la Tour Eiffel)    The large wrought iron tower in Paris, which is both a city and a national landmark, the Eiffel Tower is an early example of wrought iron construction on a massive scale. It was designed and built (1887 89) by the French civil …   France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present

  • Eiffel Tower — Eif|fel Tow|er the Eiffel Tower a 300 metre high metal tower in Paris, completed in 1889. It is often used as a ↑symbol representing Paris or France …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Eiffel Tower — /aɪfəl ˈtaʊə/ (say uyfuhl towuh) noun a tower of skeletal iron construction in Paris; built for the exhibition of 1889. 300 m high. {named after Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 1832–1923, French engineer whose firm built the tower, based on the concept …   Australian English dictionary

  • Eiffel Tower — Eif′fel Tow′er [[t]ˈaɪ fəl[/t]] n. geg a tower of skeletal iron construction in Paris, France: built for the exposition of 1889. 984 ft. (300 m) high • Etymology: after A. G. Eiffel (1832–1923), its engineer and principal designer …   From formal English to slang

  • Eiffel Tower — noun a wrought iron tower 300 meters high that was constructed in Paris in 1889; for many years it was the tallest man made structure • Instance Hypernyms: ↑tower • Part Holonyms: ↑Paris, ↑City of Light, ↑French capital, ↑capital of France …   Useful english dictionary

  • EIFFEL TOWER —    a structure erected on the banks of the Seine in Paris, the loftiest in the world, being 985 ft. in height, and visible from all parts of the city; it consists of three platforms, of which the first is as high as the towers of Notre Dame; the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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