• WordNet 3.6
    • n blockhouse a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blockhouse A house of squared logs.
    • Blockhouse (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blockhouse Originally, a detached fort blocking the access to a landing, a mountain pass, narrow channel, etc.; in later use, an edifice of one or more stories, constructed chiefly of hewn timber, and supplied with loopholes for musketry and sometimes with embrasures for cannon. When of more than one story, the upper is made to overhang the lower, and is furnished with machicolations or loopholes in the overhung floor, so that a lunging fire can be directed against the enemy in close attack. When a blockhouse stands alone, it constitutes an independent fort, a form which is often very useful in a rough country; when it is erected in the interior of a fieldwork, it becomes a retrenchment or redoubt. Stockades are sometimes called blockhouses.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Block, + house,: cf. G. blockhaus,


In literature:

This form was much used in South Africa for connecting lines between blockhouses.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Unfortunately, however, cattle could not be moved from those Wards on account of the blockhouses.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
We had soon touched land in the same place as before and set to work to provision the blockhouse.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
About a hundred yards to the east of the road, on a slight eminence in the center of cleared ground, stood the blockhouse.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Nevertheless he landed and soon found a stockade surrounding a blockhouse, which was evidently occupied.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
Nearer than the village and off to the right was the blockhouse of Llamo de Coamo.
"Porto Rico" by Arthur D. Hall
At 4 P. M. village, fort, and blockhouses were all in undisputed possession of General Lawton's gallant division.
"Campaigning in Cuba" by George Kennan
It consisted of a log blockhouse surrounded by a palisade.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
Area One is the blockhouse.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
On the line of the stockade were three blockhouses, the church being between the first and second of these.
"The Story of Sitka" by C. L. Andrews
The leaden missiles rained from three points, Blockhouse No.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
The enemy cannot hurt you in the blockhouse if you make the least show of fight.
"Ten Girls from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
At one place the people, when they saw the Indians coming, all ran to a strong building called a blockhouse.
"The Story of Our Country"
Blockhouses are built of wood, brick, stone, corrugated iron or any material available.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
These guards scout the Spanish columns when they venture from their blockhouses.
"The Arena" by Various
I yelled from my blockhouse: 'What's the matter?
"Dixmude" by Charles Le Goffic
It was guarded by a blockhouse, garrisoned by about eighty English soldiers.
"A Historical Geography of the British Colonies" by Charles Prestwood Lucas
Along the roads, at proper distances, were blockhouses guarded by soldiers.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
He revolved and stared up the mountain, wondering whether the blockhouse contained any technical apparatus that he had to be wary of.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
I shall never forget the night spent in that blockhouse.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan

In news:

A member of the Central Whidbey Lions Club volunteers his time and talent to help preserve the Alexander Blockhouse at the Island County Historical Society and Museum.
The Treaty of Tellico Blockhouse Chapter met recently at Green Meadows Country Club.
They called it the blockhouse, and from the outside at least, it lived up to its name.
FAIRBANKS — Last year the University of Alaska's Museum of the North put the finishing touches on a re-built Russian blockhouse near the woods behind the museum.
One of my favorite lost Albany landmarks is the blockhouse church.
Many of Pittsburgh's most notable historic landmarks, like the Fort Pitt Blockhouse and the Cathedral of Learning, are already protected by the Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh.
Blockheads will be biking up and over Blockhouse Hill and making the long run around Bear Lake again this June.

In science:

In 1996 an additional third veto counter was installed within the 7000 t steel blockhouse that shields the detector against cosmic induced background.
Search for neutrino oscillations with KARMEN
The detector is well protected against beam correlated background as well as the hadronic component of the cosmic radiation by a blockhouse made of 7000 t of steel.
Search for neutrino oscillations with KARMEN
With this configuration (KARMEN 1), the dominant background for the search for ¯νµ→ ¯νe oscillations were high energetic neutrons produced by cosmic muons within the steel blockhouse.
Search for neutrino oscillations with KARMEN
It was placed right inside the steel blockhouse such that every muon is detected that could produce a neutron within the blockhouse at a distance of up to 1 m from the detector.
Search for neutrino oscillations with KARMEN
Undetected cosmic muons which enter the detector or produce high energy neutrons via deep inelastic scattering in the inner part of the steel blockhouse.
Search for neutrino oscillations with KARMEN