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Nissen hut

[nis-uh n] /ˈnɪs ən/
a prefabricated, tunnel-shaped shelter made of corrugated metal and having a concrete floor; Quonset hut: first used by the British army in World War I.
Origin of Nissen hut
1915-20; after Lieutenant Colonel Peter N. Nissen (1871-1930), Canadian military engineer who invented it Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Page 66: "Nisson" changed to "Nissen" (the shape and size of a Nissen hut).

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • In fact, the room was very much of the shape and size of a Nissen hut.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • Camblain l'Abb was not a large place, so we were cramped for room, and a Nissen hut had to be built for "C" mess.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • Our first discovery was a Nissen hut in a dank field on the eastern outskirts.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • Personally, I don't like a Nissen hut nearly as much as the ordinary straight-walled sort.

    The Sword of Deborah F. Tennyson Jesse
British Dictionary definitions for Nissen hut

Nissen hut

a military shelter of semicircular cross section, made of corrugated steel sheet US and Canadian equivalent Quonset hut
Word Origin
C20: named after Lt Col. Peter Nissen (1871–1930), British mining engineer, its inventor
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