or high·rise



(of a building) having a comparatively large number of stories and equipped with elevators: a high-rise apartment house.
of, relating to, or characteristic of high-rise buildings.
of or being a small-wheeled bicycle with high handlebars and a banana-shaped seat.


Also high rise, high-riser. a high-rise apartment or office building.

Origin of high-rise

First recorded in 1950–55
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Contemporary Examples of high-rise

  • Noonan accounts for everything to do with the coat, from the wool production to its current home in a Canada high-rise.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads, July 15, 2013

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  • One, called the Qasr al-Nile bridge, runs past the high-rise Semiramis Hotel directly into the square.

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  • She remembers staying in youth hostels and private homes rather than in high-rise hotels.

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    Alyse Nelson: A Life Less Ordinary

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    June 6, 2012

  • Police had searched the Bronx high-rise where he was stuck, but never thought he was in one of its elevators.

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    Elevator Horror Stories

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    December 15, 2011

  • Some girls gather around a desk in a high-rise apartment building.

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Historical Examples of high-rise

British Dictionary definitions for high-rise



  1. (prenominal)of or relating to a building that has many storeys, esp one used for flats or officesa high-rise block Compare low-rise
  2. (as noun)a high-rise in Atlanta
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