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

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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To hate San Francisco may be trendy, but outsiders and newcomers fashionably rolling their eyes at homelessness, rising rents (average one-bedroom: $3,700 a month), and tilting skyscrapers haven’t earned their disdain. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "You Can't Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco," 7 June 2019 Pritchard gave another example, of skyscrapers that were proposed in South Korea that were criticized for mimicking the explosions of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "A bird's-eye view of these Glendale medical offices reveal resemblance to swastikas," 4 June 2019 Who built our dream city with shiny, swooping public transportation, a walkable core, and skyscrapers made of brick, concrete and vibranium? Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The new skyscrapers can also create wind tunnels, allowing strong breezes to bounce off their facades and gain strength. ... Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "At New York’s Hudson Yards, Everyone Feels Colder," 5 May 2019 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

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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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Kids Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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