- Military. a fortified structure with ports or loopholes through which defenders may direct gunfire.
- Also called garrison house. (formerly) a building, usually of hewn timber and with a projecting upper story, having loopholes for musketry.
- a house built of squared logs.
- Rocketry. a structure near a launching site for rockets, generally made of heavily reinforced concrete, for housing and protecting personnel, electronic controls, and auxiliary apparatus before and during launching operations.
Origin of blockhouse
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Examples from the Web for blockhouse
Rigg pointed out a blockhouse on the bluff overlooking the beach, saying they could expect menacing fire from that area.
Much of the enemy firing, Liebling surmised, seemed to be coming from the blockhouse on the right that Rigg had singled out.
It stands on the site of a blockhouse erected by the Swedish settlers in 1677.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
The blockhouse was blown up after the capture of its defenders.
So we pushed on into the town and stayed there until a blockhouse was built.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
At this time there was also a blockhouse at Canseau, where a few soldiers were stationed.A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I
So a blockhouse was built out of the Building of the blockhouse, La Navidad.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
- (formerly) a wooden fortification with ports or loopholes for defensive fire, observation, etc
- a concrete structure strengthened to give protection against enemy fire, with apertures to allow defensive gunfire
- a building constructed of logs or squared timber
- a reinforced concrete building close to a rocket-launching site for protecting personnel and equipment during launching
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Word Origin and History for blockhouse
c.1500, of uncertain origin (see blockade (n.)). Also in 16c. French, Dutch, German.
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