sky·​scrap·​er | \ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər \

Definition of skyscraper 

: a very tall building

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With its futuristic skyscrapers and lush greenbelts, Shenzhen established itself as a repository of electronic component parts more than a decade ago, and manufacturers flocked in from around the world. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "A Twist in the U.S. Tariff Battle: ‘It’s Helping China Be More Competitive’," 17 Sep. 2018 Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. azcentral, "Advanced Movie Screening: Skyscraper," 13 June 2018 And so what people don’t realize is that the gateway for the skyscrapers here was the Queensboro Bridge, the 59th Street Bridge. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Recode Decode," 22 Mar. 2018 That the timing felt right to Thurber and Johnson for a film about a skyscraper under terrorist assault is itself noteworthy. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Skyscraper’ delivers stunts, dumb summer fun," 12 July 2018 Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells," 28 June 2018 Like the building in question, a mega-skyscraper three times taller than the Empire State Building and scads taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, everything about this film is bigger, greater, more. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Skyscraper:' Big, dumb and kind of fun, thanks to Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell," 12 July 2018 With 8,363 luxurious square feet, this mid-air mansion encompasses the top two floors of the eight-story People’s Building, Charleston’s first skyscraper. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Incredible Two-Story Penthouse Atop Charleston’s People’s Building Can Be Yours for $16,500,000," 11 July 2018 The photo below is mine, illustrating an opinion piece for the newspaper, bemoaning the increading use of decorative LED lighting on the city's skyscrapers. Tom Gralish,, "This week in Photos: July 9, 2018," 11 July 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


sky·​scrap·​er | \ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər \

Kids Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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