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

Definition of skyscraper

: a very tall building

Examples of skyscraper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Korea gleams with skyscrapers and high-speed rail, its Internet is the fastest in the world, and its health care is second only to Taiwan. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Fish monsters, barking dogs, and roach patties: The films of Bong Joon-ho," 16 Feb. 2020 He's particularly drawn to the architecture of former Soviet states like Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, where monolithic, communist-era apartment towers stand cheek by jowl with postmodern skyscrapers. Wired, "The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities," 22 Sep. 2019 Kelley’s seen the city change around him over the years — with skyscrapers popping up like perennials in spring. Margeaux Sippell,, "This shop is so small the customers have to stay outside," 7 Apr. 2018 San Francisco’s immigration court convenes in an unmarked skyscraper in the financial district. Rachel Nolan, The New Yorker, "A Translation Crisis at the Border," 30 Dec. 2019 At night, Christkindlmarket creates its own snow globe effect with sprays of light reflecting in the glass skyscrapers. Joanne Cleaver,, "From Nuremberg to Chicago, the best Christmas markets thrive on authenticity," 5 Dec. 2019 The company just signed up for its fourth, in a downtown skyscraper owned by Hines, which recently launched its own coworking business. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Coworking has boomed in Houston, but the model may need tweaking," 4 Oct. 2019 Housed in a glass skyscraper near Times Square, D.E. Shaw & Co. ranks as one of the five highest-grossing hedge funds of all time. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, "The Hedge Fund Billionaire’s Guide to Buying Your Kids a Better Shot at Not Just One Elite College, but Lots of Them," 28 Sep. 2019 Under a thick, black cloud at 3pm, the lights flickered on in São Paulo’s skyscrapers; on the motorways brake lights started to glow in the city’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, and many Paulistanos were worried. The Economist, "Forest fires in the Amazon blacken the sun in São Paulo," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of skyscraper

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Skyscraper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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