de·mo·li·tion | \ˌde-mə-ˈli-shən, 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 \-ˈli-sh(ə-)nəst \ 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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Keating says demolition of the entertainment hub should be finished by early July, but says CBL Properties does not have a concrete completion date as of now. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vici Capilli leaving Brookfield Square location, moving to Greenfield — for now," 26 June 2018 Saved from demolition, these Ming- and Qing-dynasty era dwellings have been reassembled, brick by ancient brick. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Best New Hotels in Downtown Los Angeles," 21 June 2018 Now, one surviving example of the sleek stations of yesteryear—a former Texaco at 1650 North Silver Lake Boulevard—looks set to be preserved from demolition by being declared a Historic-Cultural Monument. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Will Silver Lake’s 1940s Texaco Be Saved From Demolition?," 7 June 2018 That's because demolition of the old corner Marathon gas station is scheduled to begin for 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6. Sheila Vilvens,, "Demolition planned for Wednesday morning at corner of MLK, Reading Road," 5 June 2018 County spokeswoman Fronda Cohen said the demolition will be paid for entirely by Caves Valley, and is scheduled to start in the next few days. Libby Solomon,, "Baltimore County says Caves Valley set to demolish buildings on controversial Towson 'gateway' property," 22 May 2018 Kathleen Quilligan Sebastian, a spokeswoman for White Lodging, said demolition of the Star Plaza Theater is expected to begin within 30 days. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Growth of extended stay hotels continues in Merrillville," 10 May 2018 Konow previously saved the Tilsey Barn from demolition and landmarked it with assistance from NLAHS and relocated it to his farm. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "New Lenox redevelopment gets underway," 28 Apr. 2018 This four-level mansion is not to be mistaken with the smaller 1880 Morris Marks House that had been boarded up for years and saved from demolition. Janet Eastman,, "Glory days return to gilded 1882 Italianate mansion built for Portland shoe merchant (photos)," 24 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of demolition

: the act of destroying by breaking apart especially using explosives

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