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.
Recent Examples on the Web Here are some photos of what the arena looks like after nearly three months of demolition. Joe Songer |, al, "See what Legacy Arena looks like during renovation," 26 June 2020 The national register doesn't grant the building protection from demolition, Dodds said. Emilly Davis, The Arizona Republic, "Historic downtown Phoenix Steinegger Lodging House building to be demolished," 24 June 2020 North Korea appears to be softening its approach towards its neighbor South Korea after weeks of rising tensions, including the dramatic demolition of a liaison office with dynamite. NBC News, "North Korea says it will 'postpone' plan for military action in apparent softening toward South Korea," 17 June 2020 The demolition of the building, which was in North Korean territory and had no South Koreans working in it, is largely symbolic. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why did North Korea just blow up inter-Korea liaison office?," 16 June 2020 Smuggling crews have nonetheless managed to saw through the steel bollards using commercially available demolition tools such as reciprocating saws with inexpensive metal-cutting blades. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "People are sawing through and climbing over Trump’s border wall. Now contractors are being asked for ideas to make it less vulnerable.," 5 June 2020 The warehouse was reportedly a former tobacco processing facility, and Cooper said demolition work on the building had began in early June. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville firefighters battle 'heavy' blaze at vacant warehouse in Russell neighborhood," 19 June 2020 Pictures from Tuesday's demolition were released by the North Korean government. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "North Korea releases photos showing explosion of liaison office jointly run with South Korea," 17 June 2020 The advertised purpose of the demolition was to assuage apparent popular anger about the launch across the border of anti-regime leaflets attached to balloons, by North Korean defectors, which the South had promised to stop in 2018. The Economist, "Out with a bang North Korea blows up detente with the South," 17 June 2020

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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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The first known use of demolition was in 1549

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5 Jul 2020

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“Demolition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demolition

: deliberate destruction of a building or other structure


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Kids Definition of demolition

: the act of destroying by breaking apart especially using explosives

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