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 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 Its vote came one day after the Euclid Corridor Design Review Committee, which advises the commission, split 4-4 on whether to recommend the demolition. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 7 June 2021 Israel's Supreme Court is expected to issue a final ruling on the demolition next week. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Contractors came and went, demolition went on and on, but the renovation was an expensive failure. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 5 June 2021 Federal rules on how municipalities can use those funds are still unsettled, however, and Stewart’s office said there’s no way to know now whether the St. Thomas Aquinas School demolition would qualify. Don Stacom,, 4 June 2021 An emergency-demolition-by-neglect case was opened. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 2 June 2021 Because current students will still be there for the next few weeks — demolition is expected to begin days after the final bell — alumni couldn’t take mementos., 29 May 2021 The project began as a renovation but quickly shifted during demolition when the owner and general contractor opted for a new structure due to the deterioration of the framing and log float foundation. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The construction crews are small shops, and the demolition gets done by a couple of guys with pickup trucks. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 26 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Demolition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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