- builder's knot,
- building and loan association,
- building block,
- building line,
- building paper,
- building permit
Origin of building
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
Examples from the Web for building
But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.
Home visitation is a great example of building political support the right way—by doing what works.
Mr. R. M. Watts was the architect, and the cost of erecting and equipping the building, exclusive of books, was 3234.The City of Auckland|John Barr
I shall only forge at night; and the building is out of the world, and wedged in, out of sight, between two bleak hills.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
The building is so far beyond any familiar proportions that at first sight all details are lost upon its broad front.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2|Francis Marion Crawford
The cost of building churches and supporting ministers would thus have been unnecessary, but God does not do things in that way.With the Children on Sunday|Sylvanus Stall
Punch was occupying a rug on my library floor, virtuously engaged with building blocks.Dear Enemy|Jean Webster
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
"a structure," c.1300, verbal noun from build (v.).
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.