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ˈraʊndˌhaʊs; -ˌhaʊ zɪzround·house

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roundhouse(noun)

    workplace consisting of a circular building for repairing locomotives

  2. roundhouse(noun)

    a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing


  1. roundhouse(Noun)

    A circular building in which locomotives are housed.

    Etymology: From round + house

  2. roundhouse(Noun)

    A punch or kick delivered with an exaggerated sweeping movement.

    Etymology: From round + house

  3. roundhouse(Noun)

    An Iron Age dwelling.

    Etymology: From round + house

  4. roundhouse(Noun)

    The uppermost room or cabin of any note upon the stern of a ship.

    Etymology: From round + house

  5. roundhouse(Noun)

    In the game of pinochle, a meld consisting of a queen and king in each of the four suits.

    Etymology: From round + house

  6. roundhouse(Verb)

    To punch or kick with an exaggerated sweeping movement.

    Etymology: From round + house

Webster Dictionary

  1. Roundhouse(noun)

    a constable's prison; a lockup, watch-house, or station house

  2. Roundhouse(noun)

    a cabin or apartament on the after part of the quarter-deck, having the poop for its roof; -- sometimes called the coach

  3. Roundhouse(noun)

    a privy near the bow of the vessel

  4. Roundhouse(noun)

    a house for locomotive engines, built circularly around a turntable


  1. Roundhouse

    A roundhouse is a building used by railroads for servicing locomotives. Roundhouses are large, circular or semicircular structures that were traditionally located surrounding or adjacent to turntables. The defining feature of the traditional roundhouse was the turntable, which facilitates access when the building is used for repair facilities or for storage of steam locomotives. Early steam locomotives normally travelled forwards only; although reverse operations capabilities were soon built into locomotive mechanisms, the controls were normally optimized for forward travel, and the locomotives often could not operate as well in reverse. Some passenger cars, such as observation cars, were also designed as late as the 1960s for operations in a particular direction. A turntable allowed a locomotive or other rolling stock to be turned around for the return journey. Most modern diesel and electric locomotives can run equally well in either direction, and many have control cabs at each end. In addition, railroads often use multiple locomotives to pull trains, and even with locomotives that have distinct front and rear ends, the engines at opposing ends of a locomotive "consist" can be aligned so they face opposite directions. With such a setup, trains needing to reverse direction can use a technique known as a "run around," in which the engines are uncoupled from the train, pull around it on an adjacent track or siding, and reattach at the other end. The engineer changes operating ends from the original locomotive to the one on the opposite end of the locomotive consist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roundhouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roundhouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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