out·​build·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ \

Definition of outbuilding

: a building (such as a stable or a woodshed) separate from but accessory to a main house

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These machines are also great for clearing barns, outbuildings, and garages. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "We Test the Very Best Leaf Blowers You Can Buy," 5 Nov. 2018 These symbols, really hieroglyphs, appeared on posts and bridge abutments, on fences and outbuildings. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Hobo Hieroglyphs: Their Secret Symbols, Explained," 21 Nov. 2018 The blaze, which killed two firefighters and four civilians including two children, has now destroyed 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and damaged 165 homes, McLean said. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history," 31 July 2018 Commissioners are working with Brendan Clancy, the township trustee, for shared maintenance of the outbuilding for greater efficiency, Good said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Commissioners thank Porter County workers for flooding response," 16 Mar. 2018 On Sunday, Cal Fire spokesman Brice Bennett said no homes were destroyed, but seven outbuildings have been damaged. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Firefighters gain ground, some evacuations lifted: Northern California fires update," 9 July 2018 There also happen to be a number of outbuildings surrounding the schoolhouse, among them a garden shed and a former air-raid shelter, which is ripe for conversion to a home office. Elizabeth Finkelstein, Country Living, "Admit It, You'd Drop Everything to Live In This Converted English Schoolhouse," 26 Jan. 2017 The blaze, which killed two firefighters and four civilians including two children, has now destroyed 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and damaged 165 homes, McLean said. Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Twin wildfires threatening 10,000 California homes," 30 July 2018 Area firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday in a former residence being used as a detached outbuilding in south Sacramento. Anthony Sorci, sacbee, "Crews battle outbuilding fire in south Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018

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1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outbuilding was in 1600

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English Language Learners Definition of outbuilding

: a small building that is separated from a main building


out·​build·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ \

Kids Definition of outbuilding

: a building (as a shed or stable) separate from a main building

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