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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Some of the sessions will take place in the Old Colony House, which is easily one of the coolest buildings in the state. BostonGlobe.com, "will get the chance show off Rhode Island a little bit this week.," 17 Sep. 2019 Since then, the three buildings have remained open to visitors, with sunny days being the best time to visit. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 The building had been sold to a developer and Stroud and his family had to go. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "How moving a man and his store out of OTR proved worthy of song," 17 Sep. 2019 Classes continued as scheduled , but no one was let into or out of the school buildings during that time, according to the notifications. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Report of a vehicle break-in leads to school lockdown in Northbrook: Officials," 16 Sep. 2019 The existing landscape was redesigned to block views of industrial buildings. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019 There were stories of novice kiteboarders being flung into the sides of buildings; people broke ribs, or worse. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 Representatives of West Hartford Fellowship Housing have presented detailed plans to demolish and redevelop nearly all of the buildings at an affordable housing complex on Starkel Road. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "As West Hartford considers proposal to redevelop affordable housing complex, residents voice both concern, support," 12 Sep. 2019 The plywood is mainly used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "U.S. plywood producers sue over rival Brazilian product, saying it would fail in hurricanes," 9 Sep. 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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