- 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 demolitions
Broh was blamed for the demolitions, despite the fact that the Ministry of Public Works also played a key role.The Mayor of Monrovia’s Fall From Grace
Clair MacDougall, Wade C.L. Williams
March 10, 2013
We'd heard theories ranging from stray artillery fire, to demolitions detonated far beneath the city streets.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
The continued explosions of the demolitions resembled a bombardment.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
After all the demolitions of Totila, the ruin was not irretrievable.Theodoric the Goth
A series of constructions and demolitions may conveniently be supposed for these.The Myths of the New World
Daniel G. Brinton
Lantier and Poisson disputed day after day on these demolitions.L'Assommoir
Over the whole island, after these demolitions, the drift stratum was deposited.
- explosives, as when used to blow up bridges, etc
- (as modifier)a demolitions expert
- targets prepared for destruction by explosives
- the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
- mainly military
- destruction by explosives
- (as modifier)a demolition charge
Word Origin and History for demolitions
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."