Definition of blockhouse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblɒkhaʊs/


1A reinforced concrete shelter used as an observation point.
Example sentences
  • 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-storeyed timber building with loopholes, used as a fort.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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