One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A reinforced concrete shelter used as an observation point.
- ‘The combat and direction centers were housed in huge concrete blockhouses, hardened to withstand overpressures of only five pounds per square inch.’
- ‘More than half a million of them toiled for four months building the line; 1,250 trains hauled materials to construct the steel-reinforced concrete forts and blockhouses.’
- ‘They advanced yard by yard, imposing a strict blockade with barbed wire and blockhouses.’
- ‘The Guomindang had a policy of making a slow advance building trenches and blockhouses as they went to give the Guomindang troops there places of protection.’
- ‘Three blockhouses were observed being built and they were only 200 metres from the radio location receiver itself.’
- ‘He succeeded in increasing the density of blockhouses in the sector, but the soldiers spent so much time digging and pouring cement that they had little time to update their training.’
- ‘Externally, this pavilion has disturbing overtones of abandoned blockhouses or military vehicles.’
- ‘A painter, René Duchez, tucked into his blouse a copy of the detailed instructions for building blockhouses - exactly what dimensions of concrete and of reinforcing rods were to be used - and took it away.’
- ‘A windowless, reinforced concrete blockhouse, with walls 1ft thick and a steel door, was built in the grounds.’
- ‘None of the old buildings in the village has survived; they have either crumbled away or been demolished, and in their place are rows of utterly hideous blockhouses used for military exercises.’
- 1.1historical A one-storeyed timber building with loopholes, used as a fort.
- ‘Captain Messenger and a small force of men built a new blockhouse and a little military settlement gradually grew around it, including a hospital, school and store.’
- ‘Concentration camps and small forts or blockhouses, which were strung together by 3,700 square miles of barbed wire fencing, became the chief means of achieving this end.’
- ‘In the past, blockhouses were used as defence forts and beacon towers.’
- ‘In 1712, Fort Michilimackinac - a palisade of pointed logs and blockhouses surrounding log buildings - was built by the French on the southern side of the straits as a fortified trading post.’
- ‘Similarly, in eastern Europe and the Baltic, crusaders constructed a range of fortresses from wooden blockhouses to the great monastery castles of the military orders.’
- ‘The garrison occupied the site from the mid-16th to mid-19th centuries and built fortifications next to the former village of Drypool, including three blockhouses for artillery.’
- 1.2US A house made of squared logs.
- ‘In 1967 and 1968 the blockhouse underwent extensive renovations.’
- ‘Despite the highest amount of wood and wood-based materials, the blockhouse seems to be environmentally less favourable than the timber-frame house.’
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