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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Other Words from demolition

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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European countries urged Israel last week to refrain from demolition and removal of the 180 or so residents. Majdi Mohammed, Fox News, "Israel removes protest shacks near embattled West Bank site," 13 Sep. 2018 The village and residents noted that the district began parking lot asphalt demolition and excavation of the site before securing local zoning approvals and a state building permit. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview board approves 8-classroom addition to Winkelman School," 3 July 2018 September opening Holtz has already finished the interior demolition and is now preparing to replace the heating and air conditioning and do other improvements. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plans for former Wedding Centre in downtown West Allis collapse, but upscale antique store to take its place," 30 May 2018 The 2017 state antiquities landmark designation provides special safeguards against demolition and requires Texas Historical Commission approval for any future changes. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The Astrodome got some new, shiny bling Tuesday.," 29 May 2018 Duke shared specific concerns about the timing surrounding the May 10 receipt of seven bids for Ford Intermediate School's abatement and demolition, and GPD's plan on May 23 to recommend the awarding of a contract. Beth Mlady,, "Berea school board requests ample time to consider construction work approvals," 15 May 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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