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 \ -​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nəst How to pronounce demolitionist (audio) \ 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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For example, Big Reuse in Brooklyn, New York, takes donated furniture, appliances, and building materials from demolition and remodels and resells them from their warehouse. Emily Long, Curbed, "How to offload old fixtures after a home renovation," 2 Nov. 2018 City officials last week accepted an application to the Cultural Heritage Commission to officially recognize the buildings, now owned by Onni Group, as historic-cultural monuments and put a temporary stay on demolition and substantial alterations. Roger Vincent,, "Preservationists call for historic status for Los Angeles Times buildings, threatening redevelopment plans," 4 July 2018 Plans for the demolition and the new structures were approved by the town’s planning and zoning commission in 2014. Ruth Bruno,, "Manchester Fire Department: Excavator Falls Into Basement During Demolition," 13 June 2018 During the demolition and rebuilding, Sunday worship is held at the nearby Regal Cinemas in Phillips Place. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Cross atop Charlotte's 'ski slope' church rescued from wrecking ball," 6 June 2018 Some point to the demolition of a nearby government building, which could have sent rats scooting to new digs. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Politics Is a Dirty Business—Starting with the Rats at Los Angeles City Hall," 10 Feb. 2019 Renzo Piano, a native of Genoa and the renowned architect behind the new Whitney Museum and the Shard in London, donated a design for the new bridge that will be built after demolition of the original is finished. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renzo Piano reveals design to replace collapsed Genoa bridge," 21 Dec. 2018 Here’s a video of the demolition: Those towers helped to launch several high-profile NASA missions over the years, including the Pioneer probes and the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Two Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Meet Their End," 12 July 2018 Then Colerain Township, Hamilton County Community Improvement Corporation and Duke Energy will execute a purchase and sale and demolition agreement. Jennie Key,, "Colerain plan takes down 'blighted' motel," 25 June 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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