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

Other Words from demolition

demolitionist \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nəst How to pronounce demolition (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.
Recent Examples on the Web There may be nighttime lane closures and intermittent 20-minute traffic stoppages near Carson Avenue for demolition. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2022 The town plans to use bond money for the demolition and clean up, and the state Bond Commission on Friday is expected to also authorize another $258,612 to help prepare the property. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 29 July 2022 The threat of eviction hangs over the heads of the Banneker Homes residents living in a Harlem high rise that's scheduled for demolition. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 The original bridge was closed in 2016 for demolition. Fox News, 22 July 2022 A few years ago, a family death, an injury and frequent plans for the demolition of its previous space on Santa Monica Boulevard inspired owner Hong and her mother to bow out of the business permanently. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 It is slated for demolition as part of the plan to build a much larger Terminal 1 over the next decade. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Eaddy received notice in 2000 that her three-story rowhouse at the intersection of North Carrollton Avenue and Sarah Ann Street was slated for demolition. Giacomo Bologna, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Sonia Eaddy received notice in 2000 that her home was slated for demolition. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Demolition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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