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Quonset hut

[kwon-sit] /ˈkwɒn sɪt/
noun, Trademark.
1.
a semicylindrical metal shelter having end walls, usually serving as a barracks, storage shed, or the like, developed for the U.S. military forces from the British Nissen hut at Quonset Naval Base in Rhode Island.
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Examples from the web for quonset
  • If you've got good students and teachers, you could go in a quonset hut, it doesn't matter.
  • quonset shape farm utility buildings have many uses, such as general material, commodity or equipment storage.
  • Each military-style quonset hut, made of corrugated steel sheeting over a steel frame, was divided into two or more apartments.
  • Bid to establish a contract for the demolition of a concrete block quonset building with steel trusses and wood decking.
British Dictionary definitions for quonset

Quonset hut

/ˈkwɒnsɪt/
noun
1.
trademark (US) a military shelter made of corrugated steel sheet, having a semicircular cross section Brit equivalent Nissen hut
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Word Origin and History for quonset

Quonset hut

1942, from Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island, where this type of structure was first built, 1941. The place name is from a southern New England Algonquian language and perhaps means "small, long place."

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