de·​mo·​li·​tion | \ ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce demolition (audio) , ˌdē-mə-\

Definition of demolition

1 : the act of demolishing especially : destruction in war by means of explosives
2 demolitions plural : explosives for destruction in war

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Other Words from demolition

demolitionist \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nəst How to pronounce demolitionist (audio) , ˌdē-​mə-​ \ noun

Examples of demolition in a Sentence

The old factory is scheduled for demolition next week. The demolitions should be complete by the end of the year.

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Dozens of Baytown residents showed up on Friday to witness demolition start on San Jacinto Mall, the latest shopping center in the Houston area to fall victim to changing consumer preferences and the rise of e-commerce. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: BJ’s Brewhouse planned in Humble," 14 July 2019 Even the only daily newspaper in town, the Berkshire Eagle, endorsed the facility’s demolition. Tom Hoffarth,, "‘Ball Four’ author Jim Bouton smoked baseball inside until the very end," 14 July 2019 The Trust asked for the demolition as part of a plan to create a visitor’s center for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Avenue, which sits just to the west of the two properties. Steve Schering,, "Frank Lloyd Wright visitor center plan gets cool first reaction from Oak Park historic preservation commission," 13 July 2019 Money for the lease was built into Emersion’s initial estimate of $3.5 million for the project, including demolition., "West Chester firefighters lease temporary digs while new fire station is built," 12 July 2019 The buffer room created in the school demolition and rebuilding would keep costs under the cap of the $46 million bonded for and approved. Steve Smith,, "Temporary Classrooms Will Cost More," 11 July 2019 Crews began demolition in June for new construction work at the Pantheon Theatre. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 The team's most recent victory came in a 1–0 win over Panama, which followed a 4-0 thrashing of Guyana and a 6-0 demolition of Trinidad & Tobago. Kaelen Jones,, "USA vs. Curacao Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Gold Cup," 30 June 2019 That includes three straight games the U.S. failed to win: a 3-0 demolition of the Americans in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-1 tie in the tournament a year later and a 3-1 U.S. loss on French soil this past January. Jonathan Tannenwald, Pro Soccer USA, "France laments painful World Cup loss to U.S. on its home soil," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of demolition

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demolition

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin dēmōlītiōn-, dēmōlītiō, from dēmōlīrī "to throw down, pull down, demolish" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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English Language Learners Definition of demolition

: deliberate destruction of a building or other structure


de·​mo·​li·​tion | \ ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce demolition (audio) \

Kids Definition of demolition

: the act of destroying by breaking apart especially using explosives

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