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Blockhouse

In military science, a blockhouse is a small fortification, usually consisting of one or more rooms with loopholes, allowing its defenders to fire in various directions. It usually refers to an isolated fort in the form of a single building, serving as a defensive strong point against any enemy that does not possess siege equipment or, in modern times, artillery. A fortification intended to resist these weapons is more likely to qualify as a fortress or a redoubt, or in modern times, be an underground bunker. However, a blockhouse may also refer to a room within a larger fortification, usually a battery or redoubt.

Blockhouse (disambiguation)

A blockhouse is a small, isolated fort in the form of a single building.

Blockhouse or Block House may also refer to:

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blockhouse

Blockhouse \Block"house`\, n. [Block + house: cf. G. blockhaus.]

  1. (Mil.) An edifice or structure of heavy timbers or logs for military defense, having its sides loopholed for musketry, and often an upper story projecting over the lower, or so placed upon it as to have its sides make an angle wit the sides of the lower story, thus enabling the defenders to fire downward, and in all directions; -- formerly much used in America and Germany.

  2. A house of squared logs. [West. & South. U. S.]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blockhouse

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anticipating the attacks, de Lattre had strengthened the Red River valley with hundreds of cement blockhouses and new airfields.
▪ Jackie Whites for chub from the blockhouse, with one or two good roach bags around the outfall.
▪ On the side of the shed was a blockhouse canteen and some offices.
▪ Petion had to duck as he preceded the Doctor into an adobe-style blockhouse, which was refreshingly cool inside.
Wiktionary

blockhouse

n. 1 A sturdy military fortification, often of concrete, with gunports. 2 A reinforced building from which to control hazardous operations, such as an explosion or a rocket launch. 3 (context dated English) A temporary wooden fortification with a projecting upper story.

WordNet

blockhouse

n. a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blockhouse

c.1500, of uncertain origin (see blockade (n.)). Also in 16c. French, Dutch, German.

Usage examples of "blockhouse".

All at once Donald recalled the voice that had demanded the surrender of the blockhouse.

Inside the blockhouse, the noise from the cacodemons was just too loud, not deafening.

Everywhere inside the high barbed-wire fences of this huge enclave, spaced with signs -in German and Polish warning of instant death to trespassers, wildflowers make bright splashes, exept where construction crews are churning the marshy grassland into brown muck and putting up blockhouses.

An armored blockhouse now guarded the one road to the summit, and both the road and the funicular railway were under the sights of antiproton guns mounted in the High City.

It must be a pressing errand that brings you under the loops of a blockhouse at this hour of the night, with the sartainty of Killdeer being inside of it.

On the contrary, he supposed, as his wife had said, that Cap and Muir were in the blockhouse with Mabel, and that the attempt to repel him and his companions had been made by the men.

Dismantled by Colonel James, the Blockhouse had now been put into repair, and was garrisoned and provided with ammunition, its commander being Colonel Blague, on whose courage and fidelity Charles could perfectly rely.

The blockhouse system had been developed to a very complete extent in the Orange River Colony, and the small bands of Boers found it increasingly difficult to escape from the British columns who were for ever at their heels.

Eight days earlier, in a windowless blockhouse in West Germany, an NSA intercept operator assigned to monitor Czechoslovakian military air communications turned his large black frequency dial to 114.

What with the heavy beatings at any provocation or none, and the physical drills that go on till the weakest drop, and the starvation, and the long roll calls of nearly naked men, in subzero frost, and the hard work-digging drainage ditches, hauling lumber, dragging rocks, demolishing peasant houses in the evacuated villages, and carrying the materials, sometimes several kilometers, to the new blockhouse sites-and what with the guards shooting on the spot men who falter or fall, or finishing them off with the butt-ends of their rifles, the roster of Russians in the quarantine camp at Oswiecim is rapidly shrinking.

Islero had moved his Krupp fieldpiece to bear on a Spanish blockhouse guarding the approach to a place called Guanabana, a few miles east of here.

Virgil heard that during the night Islero had moved his Krupp fieldpiece to bear on a Spanish blockhouse guarding the approach to a place called Guanabana, a few miles east of here.

I was up in one of the old French blockhouses, looking out at the rice paddies through my binoculars.

It was enough that right in front of him -perhaps ten miles across on this clear day, crammed on this flat tableland of central Russia, from the Oboyan road west past the Pena River was the greatest concentration of rifles, tanks, anti-tank guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, blockhouses, and obstacles assembled in the entire war.

The three Venerians surviving within the blockhouse ran for the tramline also.