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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Examples of roundhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fighting movies usually make some token wave at human beings, their deep wounds, their relationships, only to toss them aside for rear naked chokes and roundhouse kicks to the face. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An aspiring MMA fighter with a legendary father is ‘Embattled’ in more ways than one," 18 Nov. 2020 Volunteers discovered the roundhouse’s foundations, which measure around 40 feet in diameter, while wrapping up annual fieldwork at the castle, writes Ian Smith for the News Post Leader. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Traces of 2,000-Year-Old Roman Roundhouse Found in Northern England," 11 Sep. 2020 Today Malvern is an Amtrak stop and home to what is believed to be the best surviving railroad roundhouse in the state. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas railroad architecture," 11 Oct. 2020 Ingram punched and roundhouse-kicked a picture of Houston's mascot on the wall in the end zone to celebrate the score that was the knockout blow. Kristie Rieken, Star Tribune, "Ravens extend regular-season run, dominate Texans 33-16," 20 Sep. 2020 Excavations at Bamburgh Castle, a medieval stronghold on the northeastern coast of England, have unearthed what may be a roundhouse dated back to the Roman occupation of Britain, reports BBC News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Traces of 2,000-Year-Old Roman Roundhouse Found in Northern England," 11 Sep. 2020 With much of the nation’s attention focused on Western wildfires, a different climate disaster arrived overnight with a roundhouse kick. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Hurricane Sally Rumbles Onshore with Echoes of Harvey," 16 Sep. 2020 On the farm, researchers found signs of a roundhouse, animal pens and waste pits dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages, according to Gizmodo. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Iron Age Murder Victim’s Skeleton Found in England," 14 July 2020 In March, what is believed to be the oldest railway roundhouse was discovered at the Birmingham Curzon Street station. CNN, "Rail workers discover a 14th century cave while making repairs in England," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of roundhouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Roundhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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