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- a sturdy military fortification, often of concrete, with gunports
- a reinforced building from which to control hazardous operations, such as an explosion or a rocket launch
- (dated) a temporary wooden fortification with a projecting upper story
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
2. A house of squared logs. [West. & South.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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