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

Other Words from roundhouse

roundhouse adjective

Examples of roundhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the trade to the Bucks was a separation for Lanier and the Pistons, his roundhouse punch of Laimbeer on Nov. 1, 1983, was essentially a divorce. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 The trip will take guests on a nine-mile, round-trip ride from the historic roundhouse and shops in Orbisonia to Colgate Grove and back. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2022 An arm of Bartolotta Restaurants, BRG Lotta Burger, will operate the roundhouse. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 The roundhouse was built in 1865 to house locomotives of the old Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. David Sharos,, 6 Apr. 2022 Jackson thanked him for asking, then landed a nice clean roundhouse punch. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 Above-the-knee amputees can go for a prosthesis with a bionic knee joint that allows for a more familiar up-and-down running action, or one that creates a straight leg from hip to blade and requires a roundhouse stride. Tim Heming, Outside Online, 10 Sep. 2021 Built into a former rail-line roundhouse from the early 1900s, the 14-room lodge reflects both the region and the owners’ passions. Jen Murphy, Outside Online, 28 Nov. 2019 In this award-winning short-turned-feature, Pereda, known for nudging the boundaries of genre, delivers a roundhouse kick, annihilating them. Holly Jones, Variety, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of roundhouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Roundhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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