sky·​scrap·​er | \ ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər How to pronounce skyscraper (audio) \

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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Office construction actually took a big hit last year — just a half million square feet opened, essentially equivalent to one skyscraper and one-fifth the amount that opened in each of the previous few years. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon," 19 Feb. 2019 Loading a skyscraper full of highly combustible materials and then igniting one end without creating a cascading explosion that would kill everyone on board proved more difficult than simply managing fuel flow into the engine. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Once upon a time, before the skyscrapers and stock market, Hong Kong was just a collection of fishing villages and salt pans. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 Slightly more seriously, if all these companies are going to load tens of thousands of workers into San Francisco skyscrapers and Silicon Beach campuses, how about helping out those communities? Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 When people picture the United Arab Emirates (UAE), what likely comes to mind are desert sands, skyscrapers, and a blue sea under a shimmering sun. Rabiya Jaffery, The Christian Science Monitor, "UAE tries vertical farming to produce food with little water," 10 May 2018 Globally, its most iconic structures are the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and man-made Palm archipelagos, which fan out into the Persian Gulf., "A City Reaching for the Sky, Without the Help of Oil," 16 Apr. 2018 Paul Wenner, who cooked up the Gardenburger brand, installed tall, rectangular windows, glass block room dividers and iconic Art Deco geometric forms, like skyscrapers and pyramids, throughout the 2,796-square-foot house. Janet Eastman,, "Gardenburger founder's fabled Art Deco house sells; rent it on AirBnB (photos)," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of skyscraper

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skyscraper was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building in a city


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: a very tall building

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