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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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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Despite neighborhood protests, the city went ahead with demolitions and created a district of one- and two-story warehouses, union halls, light manufacturing facilities, and many surface parking lots. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Despite the delays, city officials have not wavered in their plan to proceed with the demolition next month. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Lawmaker calls for delaying demolition near D.C. General until shelter residents are out," 9 July 2018 The courthouse that opened in 1961 at 220 W. Broadway, the site chosen by Alonzo Horton for the county’s first courthouse in 1872, is slated for demolition. Pauline Repard,, "Old downtown courthouse being stripped before demolition," 7 July 2018 The replacement of the Back Bay bridge, which began Thursday night with the demolition of the old span, was set to be completed by 5 a.m. Tuesday. Ben Thompson,, "Mass. Ave. bridge construction ends a day ahead of schedule — in time for Monday morning commute," 14 May 2018 Following concerns that his bill would build higher end units that displace low-income residents, Wiener amended his legislation to let cities with rent control ban demolition of units covered by the price limits. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bill pushing apartments and condos near public transit loses crucial vote," 17 Apr. 2018 Despite his prolonged absence from the squad, PSG were still able to reclaim the French title with a resounding 7-1 demolition of defending champions Monaco at the weekend., "REVEALED: What Neymar Was Doing While PSG Teammates Romped to Ligue 1 Title Triumph," 16 Apr. 2018 The stories preserved inside the synagogue for decades were revealed, when the building, faced with potential demolition about 10 years ago, was saved. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Home prices on rise; Salt River tribe fights to save language; heroic stories from Phoenix synagogue;," 12 Apr. 2018 The number of beds will be reduced to 195, but over about 120,000 square feet, with the demolition and rebuilding of the southerly building and heavy remodeling of the northern wing. Hillary Davis,, "Major upgrades planned for Newport Beach senior complex," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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