Share this entry
roundhouse Line breaks: round|house
Pronunciation: /ˈraʊndhaʊs/

Definition of roundhouse in English:


1A railway 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: he caught Dad on the head with a roundhouse [as modifier]: he’d taken a roundhouse punch
More 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.
2.1 Baseball A slow, widely curving pitch.
2.2A wide turn on a surfboard.
3chiefly historical A cabin or set of cabins on the after part of the quarterdeck of a sailing ship.
Definition of roundhouse in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources