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1. A military fortification constructed of sturdy material, such as concrete, and designed with ports for defensive firing or observation.
2. A heavily reinforced building used for launch operations of missiles and space launch vehicles.
3. A fort made of squared timbers with a projecting upper story.
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1. (Fortifications) (formerly) a wooden fortification with ports or loopholes for defensive fire, observation, etc
2. (Fortifications) a concrete structure strengthened to give protection against enemy fire, with apertures to allow defensive gunfire
3. (Architecture) a building constructed of logs or squared timber
4. (Astronautics) a reinforced concrete building close to a rocket-launching site for protecting personnel and equipment during launching
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n., pl. -hous•es (ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. a building of hewn timbers, usu. with a projecting upper story, having loopholes for musketry: formerly used as a fort.
2. a defensive military structure, as of concrete, used for observation and directing gunfire.
3. a concrete structure for housing and protecting personnel and controls during rocket launchings.
[1505–15; < Middle Dutch blochuus]
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Noun1.blockhouse - a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fireblockhouse - a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
stronghold, fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure
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[ˈblɒkhaʊs] N (blockhouses (pl)) [ˈblɒkhaʊzɪz]blocao m
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But the guns remained loaded, the loopholes in blockhouses and entrenchments looked out just as menacingly, and the unlimbered cannon confronted one another as before.
To the left a group of barren islets, suggesting ruins of stone walls, towers, and blockhouses, had its foundations set in a blue sea that itself looked solid, so still and stable did it lie below my feet; even the track of light from the west- ering sun shone smoothly, without that animated glitter which tells of an imperceptible ripple.
After penetrating through the brush, matted as it was with briars, for a few hundred feet, he entered an open space, that surrounded a low, green hillock, which was crowned by the decayed blockhouse in question.
"Few live who know the blockhouse was ever raised," was the slow and musing answer; "'tis not often that books are made, and narratives written of such a scrimmage as was here fou't atween the Mohicans and the Mohawks, in a war of their own waging.
Their dark persons were still to be seen within the shadows of the blockhouse, the son listening to the relation of his father with that sort of intenseness which would be created by a narrative that redounded so much to the honor of those whose names he had long revered for their courage and savage virtues.
Unwilling to prolong a useless discussion, the young man affected to comply, by posting his back against the logs of the blockhouse, in a half recumbent posture, though resolutely determined, in his own mind, not to close an eye until he had delivered his precious charge into the arms of Munro himself.
Lead the horses into the blockhouse, Uncas; and, friends, do you follow to the same shelter.
When the party reached the point where the horses had entered the thicket which surrounded the blockhouse, they were evidently at fault, having lost those marks which, until that moment, had directed their pursuit.
As he gazed upon the silent blockhouse, the moon fell upon his swarthy countenance, and betrayed its surprise and curiosity.
Young, Blockhouses in Canada, 1749-1841: A Comparative Report and Catalogue, Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History 23 (Ottawa: Parks Canada, 1980).
In 1797, General James Wilkinson ordered that the post be made more defensible by the construction of two blockhouses. Wilkinson provided Burbeck with a sketch (probably this plan) of how this was to be accomplished.
When an advance was checked by intense machine–gun fire from concrete blockhouses and by snipers, William, 25, of Motherwell, dashed forward with two men to rush the largest blockhouse.