• WordNet 3.6
    • n slaughterhouse a building where animals are butchered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Slaughterhouse A house where beasts are butchered for the market.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slaughterhouse A house or place where animals are butchered for the market; an abattoir; hence, figuratively, the scene of a massacre; the scene of any great destruction of human life.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slaughterhouse a place where beasts are killed for the market
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. slátr, butchers' meat, whence slátra, to slaughter cattle. The A.S. is sleahtsleán, to slay.


In literature:

A very practical institution is the great slaughterhouse, in which all cattle are killed on certain days of the week.
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
Byproducts of the slaughterhouses for tanneries, soap, margarine.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The whole palace, in fact, appeared to be little better than a cemetery and a slaughterhouse in one.
"By Sheer Pluck" by G. A. Henty
Where one lives near a slaughterhouse, it is worth while to buy cheap, fading goods, and set them in this way.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
We applied the principle to Milk, Pawnshops, Slaughterhouses, Bakeries, Fire Insurance, and Steamboats.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
It was a slaughterhouse.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
One wonders whether, now that half Europe has been transformed into a vast slaughterhouse, appeals for sympathy can be other than in vain.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
I was soaked in other men's blood from head to foot, and looked and felt like a man in a slaughterhouse.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
To visit the slaughterhouse, apply to the secretary general's office at the town hall.
"Rouen, It's History and Monuments" by Théodore Licquet
In their diaries their officers speak of this Peninsula as the Slaughterhouse.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Last were the flocks of oxen and sheep being driven to the slaughterhouses.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
After being sold the animals are driven to the slaughterhouses.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Associated with this market establishment is a great cattle market and range of slaughterhouses on a neighboring site.
"A Terminal Market System" by Mrs. Elmer Black
On one occasion a party of eight got by the pickets and crawled into the regimental slaughterhouse.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
On the south side stood the Dean and Chapter's garden, dormitory, refectory, kitchen, slaughterhouse, and brewery.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Four years of the philanthropic slaughterhouse had not convinced him.
"Pierre and Luce" by Romain Rolland
Europe is like a human slaughterhouse.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
Rats find abundant food in country slaughterhouses; reform in the management of these is badly needed.
"House Rats and Mice" by David E. Lantz
The streets in this vicinity were literally a slaughterhouse.
"The Invasion" by William Le Queux
He had seen that same look out of the staring eyes of animals, lying with legs bound on the floor of a slaughterhouse.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb

In news:

REVIEWS Ty Segall Band, ' Slaughterhouse .
Bankruptcy judge OKs sale of Iowa kosher slaughterhouse .
Vermont slaughterhouse cleanup bill stalls.
Undercover video of cows being shocked, shot prompts USDA to shut Calif slaughterhouse .
This was a relatively loose kind of performance because there was on-stage drinking going on, and about 50 members of Slaughterhouse 's entourage behind them on stage.
Slaughterhouse Emphasize Complex Wordplay on 'Welcome to: Our House'.
Welcome to the Slaughterhouse .
Federal regulations say slaughterhouses must be successful with a single shot.
(AP) — Lewis County deputies have detained a man suspected of stabbing a co-worker at a Centralia slaughterhouse .
Lewis County deputies have detained a man suspected of stabbing a co-worker at a Centralia slaughterhouse .
There are approximately 1,100 federally inspected slaughterhouses in the United States, about 70 of which are in Texas.
A group calling itself Horses United in Hermiston is pushing for a slaughterhouse to be built just ouside the city, but officials are saying 'no.
The humane society says a landmark $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in US history in 2008.
The word comes officially that Shady Records, Eminems records label will be signing Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf to the label.
Currently, the only USDA certified slaughterhouses in the North Country are located in St Lawrence and Saratoga counties.