building

[ bil-ding ]
/ ˈbɪl dɪŋ /

noun

a relatively permanent enclosed construction over a plot of land, having a roof and usually windows and often more than one level, used for any of a wide variety of activities, as living, entertaining, or manufacturing.
anything built or constructed.
the act, business, or practice of constructing houses, office buildings, etc.

Nearby words

  1. build-up,
  2. buildable,
  3. builder,
  4. builder's knot,
  5. buildering,
  6. building and loan association,
  7. building block,
  8. building line,
  9. building paper,
  10. building permit

Origin of building

First recorded in 1250–1300, building is from the Middle English word byldinge. See build, -ing1

Related formsbuild·ing·less, adjectiveun·der·build·ing, noun

Synonym study

1. Building, edifice, structure refer to something built. Building and structure may apply to either a finished or an unfinished product of construction, and carry no implications as to size or condition. Edifice is a more formal word and narrower in application, referring to a completed structure, and usually a large and imposing one. Building generally connotes a useful purpose (houses, schools, business offices, etc.); structure suggests the planning and constructive process.

Origin of build

before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

Related forms
Can be confusedbilled build

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British Dictionary definitions for building

building

/ (ˈbɪldɪŋ) /

noun

something built with a roof and walls, such as a house or factory
the act, business, occupation, or art of building houses, boats, etc

build

/ (bɪld) /

verb builds, building or built

noun

physical form, figure, or proportionsa man with an athletic build

Word Origin for build

Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower 1

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Word Origin and History for building
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Idioms and Phrases with building

build

In addition to the idioms beginning with build

  • build down
  • build in
  • build on
  • build on sand
  • build up

also see:

  • light (build) a fire under

Also see underbuilt.

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