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

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

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Recent Examples on the Web Fountain Place’s owners, Goddard Investment Group of Atlanta, spent more than $70 million to redo the iconic skyscraper, adding new parking, retail space and other features. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Architect office lands on top of downtown Dallas’ Fountain Place tower," 12 Feb. 2020 No one fights crime or leaps from skyscrapers, and much of the film involves the women longing for love or discussing their fears and loneliness in the face of the changes in their lives. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Brit Marling Just Shut Down The “Strong Female Lead” Trope," 10 Feb. 2020 Though Trump has put up buildings ranging from 19th-century retrofits to late-modern skyscrapers, Trump’s personal style is a combination of 2000s bling and Louis XIV—nothing in his penthouse Trump Tower apartment is spared a metallic coating. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "Duncing About Architecture," 8 Feb. 2020 Civilization blossomed from clusters of homes and paths, and has more recently swelled to include skyscrapers, power lines, plumbing, and cell towers. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "NASA’s plan to build stuff in space just took its first step," 6 Feb. 2020 Later, in 1921 German architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe proposed what would have been the world’s first glass skyscraper, the Friedrichstrasse Skyscraper, in Berlin. Richard A. Marini,, "The new glass buildings of San Antonio’s downtown and Midtown signal a new, modern era," 25 Jan. 2020 As many as 13,500 runners will descend on downtown Sunday morning to run the 48th annual Chevron Houston Marathon, a 26.2-mile course that weaves between skyscrapers, potholes and bayou greenery. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands rush downtown for Chevron Houston Marathon," 19 Jan. 2020 By next year, American builders will be able to go 18 stories high with carbon-sucking wooden skyscrapers (the tallest all-wood U.S. building is eight stories high, in Portland, Oregon). National Geographic, "What is it like living alongside a volcano?," 15 Jan. 2020 The pair crossed a cable that was just 3/4-inch thick and between skyscrapers, a death-defying 25 stories above the ground. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Nik Wallenda Will Walk High-Wire Across Active Volcano on Live TV: 'I Must Admit It Is Scary'," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of skyscraper

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Skyscraper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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