demolition

[dem-uh-lish-uh n, dee-muh-]
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noun

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

adjective

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 formsdem·o·li·tion·ist, nounnon·dem·o·li·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demolitions

demolitions

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

demolition

noun

the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
mainly military
  1. destruction by explosives
  2. (as modifier)a demolition charge
Derived Formsdemolitionist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for demolitions

demolition

n.

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."

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