sky·​scrap·​er | \ ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər \

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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The skyscraper was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the same architect behind 15 Central Park West, and the interiors were done by French designer Thierry W. Despont. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "As Manhattan’s Most Secretive Skyscraper Rises, a Super-Elite Clientele Emerges," 2 Nov. 2018 Outside the skyscraper, police plan to set up a series of barriers and security checkpoints. Tom Hays, Fox News, "Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit," 22 Sep. 2018 Imre Solt via Wikimedia In a first step toward preserving the development history of Dubai, the city has begun earmarking buildings for heritage status, including the first skyscraper in a metropolis now defined by them. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Dubai’s first skyscraper will be included in new preservation initiative," 14 Aug. 2018 The Wall Street Journal reports that Cohen secured a luxurious unit in the skyscraper under construction at 111 Murray Street back in April. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "WSJ: Michael Cohen Buys $6.7 Million Tribeca Apartment," 13 July 2018 But skyscrapers weren’t the only innovation sparked by the explosion in steel production. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Since the 1970s, Dubai has invested heavily in construction and infrastructure to create a global center for finance, real estate and tourism, as embodied in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper viewed through the Dubai Frame landmark., "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 21 June 2018 Advocating for renovating a midcentury, peak corporate-modern skyscraper in New York City—designed in part by an underrecognized SOM associate, Natalie de Blois. Curbed, "Critical Eye: A year in review," 20 Dec. 2018 Just think: This time next year, The Big Quiet could very well be coming to a main stage (or park or arena or skyscraper) near you. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "700 People Turned Up for a Mass Meditation in New York City Last Night—I was One of Them," 19 July 2018

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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


sky·​scrap·​er | \ ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər \

Kids Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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to gather or build up little by little

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