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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blockhouse  \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  Germany. 
 
  2.  A  house  of  squared  logs.  [West.  &  South.  U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blockhouse 
  n  :  a  stronghold  that  is  reinforced  for  protection  from  enemy 
  fire;  with  apertures  for  defensive  fire 




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