Meaning of block house

block' house"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a firm that specializes in block trades.


Pronunciation: (blok'hous"), [key]
— pl. -hous•es
  1. a fortified structure with ports or loopholes through which defenders may direct gunfire.
  2. Also called(formerly) a building, usually of hewn timber and with a projecting upper story, having loopholes for musketry.
  3. a house built of squared logs.
  4. a structure near a launching site for rockets, generally made of heavily reinforced concrete, for housing and protecting personnel, electronic controls, and auxiliary apparatus before and during launching operations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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