Definition of blockhouse in English:


Syllabification: block·house
Pronunciation: /ˈbläkˌhous


  • 1A reinforced concrete shelter used as an observation point.
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    • Three blockhouses were observed being built and they were only 200 metres from the radio location receiver itself.
    • A windowless, reinforced concrete blockhouse, with walls 1ft thick and a steel door, was built in the grounds.
    • None of the old buildings in the village has survived; they have either crumbled away or been demolished, and in their place are rows of utterly hideous blockhouses used for military exercises.
  • 1.1 historical A one-storied timber building with loopholes, used as a fort.
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    • In 1712, Fort Michilimackinac - a palisade of pointed logs and blockhouses surrounding log buildings - was built by the French on the southern side of the straits as a fortified trading post.
    • Concentration camps and small forts or blockhouses, which were strung together by 3,700 square miles of barbed wire fencing, became the chief means of achieving this end.
    • In the past, blockhouses were used as defence forts and beacon towers.
  • 1.2US A house made of squared logs.
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    • Despite the highest amount of wood and wood-based materials, the blockhouse seems to be environmentally less favourable than the timber-frame house.
    • In 1967 and 1968 the blockhouse underwent extensive renovations.

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