[ blok-hous ]
/ ˈblɒkˌhaʊs /

noun, plural block·hous·es [blok-hou-ziz] /ˈblɒkˌhaʊ zɪz/.

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.



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Origin of blockhouse

1505–15; < Middle Dutch blochuus, equivalent to bloc block + huus house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for blockhouse

/ (ˈblɒkˌhaʊs) /


(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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