Definition of roundhouse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈroundˌhous/


1A locomotive maintenance shed built around a turntable.
Example sentences
  • The complex included a roundhouse built in 1924, and a massive Back Shop, constructed in 1905, along with dozens of other ancillary structures.
  • There were several switches, bridges and tunnels, signals and watertowers, and a roundhouse in the center.
2 informal A blow given with a wide sweep of the arm.
Example sentences
  • I was blocking high, to stop the roundhouse, and the sweep caught me totally off guard.
  • Both are limited to essentially one fighting move, a roundhouse punch, which makes for very repetitive and dull action sequences.
  • He pulled him off of her and, dodging a few punches, landed a few jabs and then a roundhouse punch.
2.1A wide turn on a surfboard.
3chiefly historical A cabin or cabins on the after part of the quarterdeck of a sailing ship.

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Syllabification: round·house

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