building

noun
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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Synonyms for building

Synonyms

edifice, 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.

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Sebastian Bear-McClard, though, has been subletting the second floor of the former manufacturing building since 2013, according to the New York Post. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Emily Ratajkowski Got Out of Paying Her $5k Rent," 5 Mar. 2019 His daughter Giovanna Gentile, who was appointed by her mother to design the label’s first ready-to-wear line in 1960, steers the building’s restoration, interior design, and upkeep. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Tour Florence's Rarely Seen Palazzo Spini Feroni," 27 Feb. 2019 Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. Don Babwin, The Seattle Times, "Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator," 20 Feb. 2019 For those DIYers in need of a little extra guidance, there are plenty of places to get building plans for frames to fit any size mattress, and in many cases the plans are free. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 For an island to be usable—and meet building code requirements—the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines state that, for adequate traffic flow, a walkway around the structure should be at least 36 inches wide. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Islands," 11 Feb. 2019 The members of the Firehouse 51 team have rescued countless pedestrians, responded to devastating car crashes, and ran head-on into burning buildings. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The 'Chicago Fire' Cast Had to Do Some Intense Professional Training for the Show," 6 Feb. 2019 The car exited off the tunnel onto an elevator floor in a narrow pit where we were slowly raised back up to street level, in a small parking lot next to some residential buildings. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 Scaffolding around new-building skeletons has become an architectural signature of the city, if only a temporary one. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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building

noun

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

building

noun
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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