Origin of buildup
verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- to make (words) from letters.
- to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) build·ed; build·ing.
- a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
- the process of producing a software build.
- a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data.
- a vertical joint.
- the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
- to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
- to strengthen.
- to prepare in stages.
- to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
- to praise or flatter.
Origin of build
Related Words for build-uptraining, groundwork, establishment, study, arrangement, rehearsal, preparedness, construction, formation, plan, qualification, measure, education, precaution, noise, attention, commercial, clout, propaganda, notoriety
Examples from the Web for build-up
Contemporary Examples of build-up
Most researchers think the disease is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid.Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein
April 4, 2014
A routine ankle surgery on a painful tendon led to complications including a build-up of fluid in her left leg.Is It Possible to Become Un-Paralyzed? Monique van der Vorst Says It Happened to Her
Sarah J. Robbins
December 18, 2011
Amidst all of this build-up around the royal wedding, a note of hypocrisy was struck in recent days.Meet Kate Middleton's Parents, Carole and Michael
March 24, 2011
The ATR-72 had been in a holding pattern, flying through sleet that caused a build-up of ice on the wings.Behind the Buffalo Crash
February 13, 2009
Historical Examples of build-up
But with this build-up, it will seem like an ordinary hunt for a criminal gang.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
And they were ready to spend a hunk of moolah on the build-up.Breeder Reaction
That must have been a build-up, but Ben goofed his cue to move in on Sco and me for a close.The Real Hard Sell
William W Stuart
We know it's all a build-up for you to make a deal for them, eh?The Invaders
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Build-up of military strength to resist aggression by other planetary governments.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
verb builds, building or built
- to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
- (intr)to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand
Word Origin for build
late Old English byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from Proto-Germanic *buthlam (cf. Old Saxon bodl, Old Frisian bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be). Rare in Old English; in Middle English it won out over more common Old English timbran (see timber). Modern spelling is unexplained. Figurative use from mid-15c. Of physical things other than buildings from late 16c. Related: Builded (archaic); built; building.
In the United States, this verb is used with much more latitude than in England. There, as Fennimore Cooper puts it, everything is BUILT. The priest BUILDS up a flock; the speculator a fortune; the lawyer a reputation; the landlord a town; and the tailor, as in England, BUILDS up a suit of clothes. A fire is BUILT instead of made, and the expression is even extended to individuals, to be BUILT being used with the meaning of formed. [Farmer, "Slang and Its Analogues," 1890]
"style of construction," 1660s, from build (v.). Earlier in this sense was built (1610s). Meaning "physical construction and fitness of a person" attested by 1981. Earliest sense, now obsolete, was "a building" (early 14c.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with build
- build down
- build in
- build on
- build on sand
- build up
- light (build) a fire under
Also see underbuilt.