- of, relating to, or working with explosives: A demolition squad attempted to blow up the bridge before the enemy captured it.
- of or relating to tearing down or demolishing: Demolition work had begun on the old building.
Origin of demolition
Examples from the Web for demolition
Their home probably will be devastated, too, but they received no demolition notice.
Ibrahim Hijazi walked me through his barren house, emptied ahead of the demolition.
After 57 years of continuous operation, the theater closed, was sold to a private company, and scheduled for demolition.
After being purchased by Hartz Mountain Industries, it was scheduled for demolition in April of 1987.
If the demolition of capitalism is not practical, it might also be unwise.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
It was high time, for the bears were furiously engaged in the work of demolition.The Field of Ice
After the demolition of that party he voted with the Democrats.Cleveland Past and Present
He may have been willing to batter it, but he did not intend its demolition.
It is true they indicated demolition, but demolition so slow as to be worthless to us.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
The demolition of the eastern section began February 21, 1606.Pagan and Christian Rome
- the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
- mainly military
- destruction by explosives
- (as modifier)a demolition charge
Word Origin and History for demolition
1540s, from Old French demolition (14c.) "demolition; defeat, rout," from Latin demolitionem (nominative demolitio), noun of action from past participle stem of demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, American English, defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."