sky·scrap·er | \ˈskī-ˌskrā-pər \

Definition of skyscraper 

: a very tall building

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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 And, not least, businessman Dan Gilbert's new skyscraper on the Hudson's site will open as Detroit's next tallest building. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Detroit development takes so long," 11 July 2018 Take a look through the gallery above to see facts about some of Houston's most iconic skyscrapers. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texans name Houston's Bank of America Center the state's most beautiful building," 11 July 2018 The story of steel begins long before bridges, I-beams, and skyscrapers. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Tencent, which has more than 45,000 employees, recently began moving into a new $600 million Shenzhen headquarters, a futuristic complex with skywalks linking twin skyscrapers. Alyssa Abkowitz, WSJ, "For China, Tech Giant Tencent Is Both a National Champion and a Threat," 9 July 2018 Nine minutes after entering the field, Marouane Fellaini, a skyscraper-like midfielder with Manchester United, powered an unstoppable header off a cross from Hazard to tie the game. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup 2018: Belgium Shocks Japan With Stunning Rally," 4 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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