- a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number.
- a process of growth; strengthening; development: the buildup of heavy industry.
- an accumulation, as of a particular type of material: a buildup of salt deposits.
- an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure: A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie.
- a progressive or sequential development: the buildup of helium atoms from hydrogen.
- praise or publicity designed to enhance a reputation or popularize someone or something: The studio spent $100,000 on the new star's buildup.
- a process of preparation designed to make possible the achievement of an ultimate objective: a lengthy buildup to a sales pitch.
- encouragement; a psychological lift: Every time I need a buildup, I look at her picture.
Origin of buildup
- to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
- to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
- to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
- to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
- to make (words) from letters.
- to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
- to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
- to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually followed by on or upon): He built on the philosophies of the past.
- to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often followed by up): The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
- the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build.
- the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build.
- 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.
- build in/into, to build or incorporate as part of something else: to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
- build up,
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materialsto build a house
- (intr) to be a builder by profession
- (tr) to order the building ofthe government builds most of our hospitals
- (foll by on or upon) to base; foundhis theory was not built on facts
- (tr) to establish and developit took ten years to build a business
- (tr) to make in a particular way or for a particular purposethe car was not built for speed
- (intr often foll by up) to increase in intensitythe wind was building
- 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
- physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build
Word Origin and History for build-up
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with build-up
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.