Definition of building in English:


(also bldg.)


  • 1A structure with a roof and walls, such as a house, school, store, or factory.

    • ‘She lost her home and is now living in part of the old railway station buildings in Bajze.’
    • ‘The money will be available to spend on repairing and renovating school buildings.’
    • ‘Fires at the base of the complex of seven office buildings sent heavy smoke throughout.’
    • ‘It is common for major church buildings to show examples from all three of these periods.’
    • ‘In the compound below you could make out the plan of the palace and all the ancillary buildings.’
    • ‘It replaces buildings that were so dilapidated the roofs leaked in several places.’
    • ‘The buildings across the road from the station are still there, the ones next to it are long gone.’
    • ‘In my view, it would be illogical and incorrect to describe these two buildings as a house.’
    • ‘Many of the schools are built on split sites or have outdated Victorian buildings.’
    • ‘Historic church buildings in Darwen and Bury are set to get a new lease of life thanks to a cash boost.’
    • ‘The few settlements we pass look grey and mean, low stone buildings with grass roofs.’
    • ‘It is not fair or right to ask the local church to fund the necessary repairs to decaying buildings.’
    • ‘The process of converting and renovating the mill buildings was a long and hard one.’
    • ‘The new face of Swindon is emerging as three landmark buildings start to take shape in the town.’
    • ‘One of the plans was for the gallery and museum buildings to be turned into luxury flats.’
    • ‘We reached our last farm of impressive brick buildings, with a clock tower in a stable yard.’
    • ‘There are two buildings each with three classrooms and a third houses a small kitchen.’
    • ‘Now architects can take a tour around their buildings before the first brick has been laid.’
    • ‘The man was standing in the courtyard of one of the larger red brick buildings on the block.’
    • ‘The cash will be used to repair roofs and windows and tidy up the appearance of the buildings.’
    structure, construction, edifice, erection, pile
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  • 2The process or business of constructing something.

    ‘the building of highways’
    [as modifier] ‘building materials’
    • ‘Bottom ash from the incinerator is used in road building and construction under specified conditions.’
    • ‘Companies were brought in to do the work of building and also to finance the works in the short run.’
    • ‘They are building a reputation as a practice that learns through the process of building.’
    • ‘Bitumen and aggregate materials useful for building of highways are well known.’
    • ‘Modeling clay and other building materials like blocks can help children explore.’
    • ‘Shortage of building materials after the First World War caused a renewal of the industry.’
    • ‘There is a very large increase in building of houses in Ballaghaderreen town which is a sign of prosperity.’
    • ‘Prior to the Civil War, New York City led the nation in steamship and engine building.’
    • ‘Afterwards, it will be bulldozed and the sand used as building material.’
    • ‘I spent a few days at his yard, watching the process of designing and building.’
    • ‘These plants are increased by building roads, as compacted soil from roads are seed beds.’
    • ‘Land occupation, building, trading and health ordinances are ignored by their supporters.’
    • ‘We want to see a dramatic increase in the building of new social homes to help those families in desperate housing need.’
    • ‘Perfectly reusable building materials and fixtures then take up space in landfills.’
    • ‘Only a minority are cut into sawlog and made into high value furniture, flooring or building materials.’
    • ‘Reused Roman building materials can be seen in the walls of the adjacent Saxon church.’
    • ‘But the housing boom has led to its own problems, as building and trade labour has become scarce and expensive.’
    • ‘Regional variants to the vernacular revival style took account of local materials and building traditions.’
    • ‘It said building repairs and wage increases were adding to costs.’
    • ‘Adjustments are made for changes in construction materials and building methods.’
    construction, erection, putting up, raising, establishment, fabrication, production, assembly
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    1. 2.1The process of creating or developing something, typically a system or situation, over a period of time.
      ‘the building of democracy in Guatemala’
      • ‘It is recognition of the right of the minority group to become a partner in the nation-building process.’
      • ‘It called for unity with other trade unions, building alliances with public sector unions across towns and cities.’
      • ‘Two top pros just revealed their trade secrets for building muscle mass.’
      • ‘I myself, have been very privileged to have been a participant in this process of institution building.’
      • ‘Cisco is positioning the routers as key products for building lucrative services.’
      • ‘The process of nation building or of nationalizing the masses was far from complete in pre-war Italy.’
      • ‘The process of vision building however involves the application of intuition.’
      • ‘My vision is to promote sports among the rich and poor to bring about togetherness for nation building.’
      • ‘The key to Basic Fantasy Football is making smart trades and building roster value.’
      • ‘Effective standards are the result of a consensus building process among all affected interests.’
      • ‘It doesn't even mean that processes of community building have been enabled or will be supported.’
      • ‘My party has been at the heart of it, at the centre of the peace building process.’
      design, formation, forming, modelling, putting together, setting up, making, construction, constructing, fabrication, fabricating, fashioning, erection, erecting
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