- a building for the servicing and repair of locomotives, built around a turntable in the form of some part of a circle.
- Nautical. a cabin on the after part of a quarterdeck.
- Slang. a punch in which the arm is typically brought straight out to the side or rear of the body and in which the fist describes an exaggerated circular motion.
- Also called round trip. Pinochle. a meld of one king and queen of each suit.
Origin of roundhouse
Examples from the Web for roundhouse
In the end, the Iowa roundhouse may only delay the real train wreck to come.Republican Presidential Primaries: Iowa No GOP Crystal Ball
Mark McKinnon, George Caudill
December 17, 2011
I had left the depot in a snow-storm; I reached the roundhouse in a blizzard.The Daughter of a Magnate
Frank H. Spearman
You could set your watch by that tune as confidently as by the roundhouse whistle.My Antonia
Ralph waited until they were on their way home from the roundhouse that evening.
Leaving school, he secured a job in the roundhouse at Stanley Junction.
“There must be a crisis soon,” he said, and went to the roundhouse door.
- a circular building in which railway locomotives are serviced or housed, radial tracks being fed by a central turntable
- boxing slang
- a swinging punch or style of punching
- (as modifier)a roundhouse style
- pinochle, US a meld of all four kings and queens
- an obsolete word for jail
- obsolete a cabin on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship
Word Origin and History for roundhouse
also round-house, "lock-up, place of detention," 1580s, from Dutch rondhuis "guardhouse." Meaning "circular shed for locomotives with a turntable in the center" is from 1856. Meaning "blow delivered with a wide sweep of the arm" is perhaps extended from "round building for circular machinery."