block·​house | \ ˈbläk-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce blockhouse (audio) \

Definition of blockhouse

1a : 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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In one blockhouse after another, the telephone went dead. Time, "Inside General Eisenhower’s Sleepless Night Ahead of the D-Day Invasion," 6 June 2019 But the simple blockhouse flounders amid soggy soils and high river stages. Richard Campanella,, "How New Orleans was founded in 1718: Indecision, contingency, discord and serendipity," 10 Jan. 2018 And then there are the brutalist concrete blockhouses of the Soviet era. Lori Rackl,, "Spend a ‘Weekend in Havana’ with new PBS special," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of blockhouse

1512, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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block·​house | \ ˈbläk-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce blockhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of blockhouse

: 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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