[ dem-uh-lish-uh n, dee-muh- ]
/ ˌdɛm əˈlɪʃ ən, ˌdi mə- /


an act or instance of demolishing.
the state of being demolished; destruction.
destruction or demolishment by explosives.
demolitions, explosives, especially as used in war.


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

1540–50; < Latin dēmōlītiōn- (stem of dēmōlītiō), equivalent to dēmōlīt(us) (past participle of dēmōlīrī; see demolish) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

dem·o·li·tion·ist, nounnon·dem·o·li·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demolitions (1 of 2)


/ (ˌdɛməˈlɪʃənz, ˌdiː-) /

pl n mainly military

  1. explosives, as when used to blow up bridges, etc
  2. (as modifier)a demolitions expert
targets prepared for destruction by explosives

British Dictionary definitions for demolitions (2 of 2)


/ (ˌdɛməˈlɪʃən, ˌdiː-) /


the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
mainly military
  1. destruction by explosives
  2. (as modifier)a demolition charge

Derived Forms

demolitionist, noun, adjective
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