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greenhouse

noun green·house \ ˈgrēn-ˌhau̇s \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of greenhouse

1 : a structure enclosed (as by glass) and used for the cultivation or protection of tender plants
2 : a clear plastic shell (such as a canopy) covering a section of an airplane; also : a compartment (as for a bombardier) enclosed by such a shell

Examples of greenhouse in a Sentence

  1. needed to move the plants into the greenhouse before the first frost killed them

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First Known Use of greenhouse

1664

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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greenhouse

adjective

Definition of greenhouse

: of, relating to, contributing to, or caused by the greenhouse effect
  • greenhouse warming
  • greenhouse gases

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First Known Use of greenhouse

1974

in the meaning defined above

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GREENHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

greenhouse

Definition of greenhouse for English Language Learners

  • : a building or part of a building that has glass walls and a glass roof and that is used for growing plants


greenhouse

Definition of greenhouse for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or caused by the warming of the Earth's atmosphere that is caused by air pollution : relating to or caused by the greenhouse effect


GREENHOUSE Defined for Kids

greenhouse

noun green·house \ ˈgrēn-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of greenhouse for Students

: a building with clear walls and roof (as of glass) for growing plants


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