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verb (used with object), pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, pre·fab·ri·cat·ing.
  1. to fabricate or construct beforehand.
  2. to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of prefabricated

Historical Examples of prefabricated

  • It was no great feat to divert the now aimless Colorado River aqueduct to the site nor to erect thousands of prefabricated houses.

  • The house, two stories of prefabricated metal, stood perched on one of the outer corners.

    Rich Living

    Michael Cathal

  • Ramshackle mine-buildings of prefabricated plastic straggled out from the shrouding blackness under a pinnacled ridge.

    Master of the Moondog

    Stanley Mullen

British Dictionary definitions for prefabricated


  1. (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



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

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