quonset hut

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quonset hut. Prefabricated portable building consisting of a semi-cylindrical corrugated metal roof secured to a foundation of steel. Like the Nissen-hut, it was widely used in the 1939–45 war. It was so called after Quonset Point, RI, USA, and was probably first used in 1941.


OED Supplement, iii (1984), 988