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noun build·ing \ˈbil-diŋ\

Simple Definition of building

  • : a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.

  • : the act or process of making structures by putting together materials

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of building

  1. 1 :  a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)

  2. 2 :  the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

Examples of building in a sentence

  1. My office is in that small brick building.

  2. We bought the land for building.



14th Century

First Known Use of building

14th century

Other Building Terms



BUILDING Defined for Kids

building

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noun build·ing \ˈbil-diŋ\

Definition of building for Students

  1. 1 :  a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage <an office building>

  2. 2 :  the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure





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