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.
The great Abbey church, nearly four miles off, was entirely swept away during the Demolition.Wanderings in Wessex|Edric Holmes
Since the demolition of its fortifications in 1807, it has been defended only by some small forts.
Many causes and incidents contributed to the progress of the reformation in England, and to the demolition of the monasteries.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries|Alfred Wesley Wishart
Is it doing as much for the reconstruction that will be necessary when the demolition is complete?Liberalism|L. T. Hobhouse
Its companion, Hereford House, further eastward, was used as the headquarters of a cycling club before its demolition.The Kensington District|Geraldine Edith Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for demolition
- 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."