Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A circular building for housing and switching locomotives.
  • noun Nautical A cabin on the after part of the quarterdeck of a ship.
  • noun Games A meld of four kings and four queens in pinochle.
  • noun Sports A punch or kick delivered with a sweeping movement from one side.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lockup; a station-house; a watch-house.
  • noun Nautical: A cabin or apartment on the after part of the quarter-deck, having the poop for its roof: formerly sometimes called the coach; also, the poop itself.
  • noun An erection abaft the mainmast for the accommodation of the officers or crew of a vessel.
  • noun On American railroads, a building, usually round and built of brick, having stalls for the storage of locomotives, with tracks leading from them to a central turn-table. In Great Britain called engine-house or engine-shed.
  • noun A privy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A constable's prison; a lockup, watch-house, or station house.
  • noun A cabin or apartament on the after part of the quarter-deck, having the poop for its roof; -- sometimes called the coach.
  • noun A privy near the bow of the vessel.
  • noun A house for locomotive engines, built circularly around a turntable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rail transport A circular building in which locomotives are housed.
  • noun martial arts A punch or kick delivered with an exaggerated sweeping movement.
  • noun archaeology An Iron Age dwelling.
  • noun nautical The uppermost room or cabin of any note upon the stern of a ship.
  • noun card games In the game of pinochle, a meld consisting of a queen and king in each of the four suits.
  • noun A constable's prison; a lockup or station house.
  • noun nautical A privy near the bow of the vessel.
  • verb To punch or kick with an exaggerated sweeping movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun workplace consisting of a circular building for repairing locomotives
  • noun a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From round + house

Examples

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  • The first, vastly enjoyable sign that Alicia is something other than mindlessly supportive comes after the requisite press conference, when she gives him the kind of roundhouse slap such husbands so richly deserve.

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  • Opened in 1925, the old Stateville is famous for having a Panopticon, a type of "roundhouse" prison designed by British philosopher Jeremy Bentham.

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  • She was rough-handled by an arresting officer, held in two different jails for a total of 14 hours, being released onto the mean streets of Philly, locked out of the "roundhouse" police station, in the dark, at 5 AM without even the opportunity to first turn on her cell phone to call for a ride home.

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  • She was rough-handled by an arresting officer, held in two different jails for a total of 14 hours, being released onto the mean streets of Philly, locked out of the "roundhouse" police station, in the dark, at 5 AM without even the opportunity to first turn on her cell phone to call for a ride home.

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  • Drawing back to strike him with a kind of roundhouse wallop, the old woman's body went akimbo in a manner that mimicked the way Matisse had liked to paint her.

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  • Drawing back to strike him with a kind of roundhouse wallop, the old woman's body went akimbo in a manner that mimicked the way Matisse had liked to paint her.

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  • His account still left the majority of the features unexplained, and besides, giving a group of them a label, such as 'roundhouse', is a long way short of understanding them.

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  • Maps such as roundhouse offer plenty of routes and places to hide out, while smaller maps such as Dome I found even more fun, as compared to COD4's showdown map.

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  • Were they in a-- in a kind of roundhouse -- summer-house, you might call it? "

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