build-down

[ bild-doun ]
/ ˈbɪldˌdaʊn /

noun

a process for reducing armaments, especially the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed.

Nearby words

  1. build in,
  2. build into,
  3. build on,
  4. build on sand,
  5. build up,
  6. build-up,
  7. buildable,
  8. builder,
  9. builder's knot,
  10. buildering

Origin of build-down

First recorded in 1980–85; by analogy with buildup

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