- built by the fastening together of several parts or enlarged by the addition of layers: This shoe has a built-up heel.
- (of an area) filled in with houses, as an urban region.
Origin of built-up
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for built-up
The construction of hulls on the built-up principle will be described first.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
Aren't there any dungeons or built-up skeletons or secret hiding-places?A harum-scarum schoolgirl
Why, it must be a temple,” I said, “and that built-up place was the altar.Charge!
George Manville Fenn
What rules should be observed in designing a built-up or carved design?Industrial Arts Design
William H. Varnum
Arms or Branches.Width of nib at start, and built-up at free end.Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering
- having many buildings (esp in the phrase built-up area)
- denoting a beam, girder, or stanchion constructed of sections welded, riveted, or bolted together, etc
- increased by the addition of partsbuilt-up heels
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