prefabricate

[ pree-fab-ri-keyt ]
/ priˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, pre·fab·ri·cat·ing.

to fabricate or construct beforehand.
to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.

Nearby words

  1. preexilian,
  2. preexist,
  3. preexposure,
  4. pref.,
  5. prefab,
  6. prefabricated,
  7. prefabrication,
  8. preface,
  9. prefatory,
  10. prefect

Origin of prefabricate

First recorded in 1930–35; pre- + fabricate

Related formspre·fab·ri·ca·tion, nounpre·fab·ri·ca·tor, nounun·pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prefabricated

prefabricate

/ (priːˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to manufacture sections of (a building), esp in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site
Derived Formsprefabricated, adjectiveprefabrication, noun

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Word Origin and History for prefabricated

prefabricate

v.

1919 (implied in prefabricated), from pre- + fabricate (v.). Related: Prefabricating.

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