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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With all those killer jabs, who needs a roundhouse knockout punch? Scott Ostler,, "A’s win ‘fistfight’ against Rangers with a series of jabs," 28 July 2019 Enter Doyle McCormack and an able-bodied crew, working out of Burlington Northern’s Hoyt Street roundhouse in Portland. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 The challenge, which has amused the likes of John Mayer, Diplo and Justin Bieber while provoking the ire of Snoop Dogg, generally consists of participants using a roundhouse kick to unscrew the top of a bottle. Cady Lang, Time, "Mariah Carey Proves She's the Ultimate Diva With Her #BottleCapChallenge," 8 July 2019 The main idea of the challenge is to unscrew a bottle cap off of the top of a bottle with a roundhouse kick, without knocking the bottle over. Diane J. Cho,, "Watch Celebrities Try (and Hilariously Fail) at the #BottleCapChallenge," 8 July 2019 Last September, Ibrahimovic roundhouse-kicked an airborne ball with the outside of his right foot for career goal No. 500 against Toronto FC. Patrick Brennan,, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic, larger than life MLS star, is coming to Cincinnati. You're welcome.," 21 June 2019 Early’s remarkable life rumbles along — from Chargers pass routes to roundhouse kicks, big-screen bruises to a widening world of words. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Former Chargers WR Quinn Early shifts from NFL to film," 18 June 2019 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

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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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