blockhouse

noun block·house \ -ˌhau̇s \

Definition of blockhouse

1 a :a structure of heavy timbers formerly used for military defense with sides loopholed and pierced for gunfire and often with a projecting upper story
b :a small easily defended building for protection from enemy fire
2 :a building usually of reinforced concrete serving as an observation point for an operation likely to be accompanied by heat, blast, or radiation hazard

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1512


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blockhouse

noun block·house \ ˈbläk-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of blockhouse for Students

:a building of timbers or concrete built with holes in its sides for people inside to use for firing at an enemy

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