round·​house | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce roundhouse (audio) \

Definition of roundhouse

1 archaic : lockup
2 : a circular building for housing and repairing locomotives
3 : a blow delivered with a wide swing

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Walters was also able to climb on the roof of the roundhouse. Karen Pearlman,, "Iconic La Mesa dealership, the Roundhouse of Values, being demolished," 26 June 2018 Lori Walters, a historian and preservation specialist in mid-century modern architecture from the University of Central Florida, visited the roundhouse in March. Karen Pearlman,, "Iconic La Mesa dealership, the Roundhouse of Values, being demolished," 26 June 2018 Five hours later, with the help of a 250-ton crane, the locomotive had pulled itself back on the tracks and was taken to the roundhouse for inspection and repairs. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Santa Fe locomotive goes through wall," 22 June 2018 Bogarde reportedly wrote the pivotal scene in which Farr comes clean with Laura about his secret dalliance with Barrett, which means the actor may have been responsible for the movie's roundhouse punch. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Victim evokes the bad old days of sodomy laws and blackmail," 21 Mar. 2018 Emitting a high-decibel grunt or squeal while striking a backhand or uncorking a swirling roundhouse kick could substantially increase the power of that movement and sneakily bedevil your opponent. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "To Boost Sports Performance (and Annoy Your Opponents), Grunt," 7 Mar. 2018 After the Rockets finally strung together a series of stops, Paul put in a pair of free throws to put the Rockets back in front and set up a finish with the lead going back and forth with each bucket feeling like a roundhouse punch. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets hold off Warriors in powerhouse matchup," 20 Jan. 2018 INDIANAPOLIS - Marquette was hit with a roundhouse punch by reeling Butler on Friday and the Golden Eagles couldn't get off the mat. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Butler 94, Marquette 83: Wojciechowski criticizes his team's effort," 12 Jan. 2018 Ellie Goulding: Boxing The pop star has spent 2017 showing off her jab-cross combos and roundhouse kicks on Instagram. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Best Workouts of 2017, According to Celebs," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of roundhouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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round·​house | \ ˈrau̇nd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce roundhouse (audio) \
plural roundhouses\ -​ˌhau̇-​zəz \

Kids Definition of roundhouse

: a circular building where locomotives are kept or repaired

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