build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web But those experiences are the only building blocks Cal has. Wired, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Is Strong With the Force," 15 Nov. 2019 The building block became a road block for this season. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Myles Garrett was the first piece in rebuilding the Browns; against the Steelers, he damaged them and his career," 15 Nov. 2019 Surveillance video captured the two men running out of the building without notifying patrons in the restaurant or calling 911. New York Times, "An Illegal Gas Line, a Deadly Explosion and Now Guilty Verdicts," 15 Nov. 2019 To promote training and education, Tier 1 was built with a 40-person classroom in the heart of the building, with observation windows overlooking the main surgical suite. Anchorage Daily News, "MAKING IT: A new vision for veterinary care in Alaska," 15 Nov. 2019 The Republican plan could eventually form a building block for a potential bipartisan compromise, based on comments by Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, a New Haven Democrat who has known Fasano for years. Christopher Keating,, "Senate Republicans say Connecticut can pay for transportation upgrades without tolls. Here’s how their plan would work.," 14 Nov. 2019 These unorthodox building blocks — more like slender cones — are grown onsite and placed by hand to create the frozen kingdom and its tunnels, fountains, slides and other features. Lori Rackl,, "Ice Castles headed back to Lake Geneva, Wis., but at a different address," 13 Nov. 2019 Golden State could use another young building block to pair with a healthy Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Steve Kerr on lottery chatter: ‘The goal is to try to win every game’," 13 Nov. 2019 Skid marks could be seen stretching across four lanes of traffic in the direction of the building, the outlet reported. Fox News, "Porsche launches into New Jersey building’s second floor leaving 2 dead, police say," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners 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


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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