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 According to a press release on the city’s website, residents can expect to see see safety fencing put up with demolition and relocation work to follow. Hunter Johnson, Dallas News, "Redevelopment project at Heritage Park in Irving begins," 26 May 2020 Preliminary site work has begun, with demolition and groundbreaking planned for summer. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: With Ramsay McCormack 2.0 finally happening, will businesses come to west Birmingham?," 26 Apr. 2020 The Port’s redevelopment scope involves abatement, remediation, demolition, and site grading to prepare the site for new development,'' the lawsuit reads. Randy Tucker,, "$5M lawsuit claims The Port stiffed local developer over redevelopment of Millennium Hotel site," 25 Feb. 2020 In the meantime, Tarkwa Bay residents have obtained a court injunction to stop further demolitions and evictions. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest city has a habit of kicking out its poor to make room for the rich," 31 Jan. 2020 The Bancroft House has planned demolition and reconstruction of its Franconia property after decades of struggling financially, the Caledonian Record reports. USA TODAY, "Puppy sleepovers, paisley-patterned botanic garden: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 2019 The towers were demolished at 11 a.m. on Friday, Harworth Group PLC, the company in charge of the demolition and redevelopment of the site confirmed. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Stunning footage as power station towers are demolished," 6 Dec. 2019 The companies process scrap metal generated by industry, plant demolitions and other sources. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of local scrap giant Miller Compressing may buy another major Milwaukee scrap business," 12 Nov. 2019 On April 9, the county Board of Supervisors approved the $650-million project’s environmental impact report and the demolition of four existing buildings and released $117.5 million toward construction. Deborah Vankin,, "LACMA opposition group vows to keep fighting the museum’s Zumthor plan," 25 June 2019

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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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5 Jun 2020

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“Demolition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce demolition (audio)

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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