Definition of building in English:

building

noun

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

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    • ‘Many of the schools are built on split sites or have outdated Victorian buildings.’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

    ‘the building of motorways’
    as modifier ‘building materials’
    • ‘Modeling clay and other building materials like blocks can help children explore.’
    • ‘Prior to the Civil War, New York City led the nation in steamship and engine building.’
    • ‘I spent a few days at his yard, watching the process of designing and building.’
    • ‘They are building a reputation as a practice that learns through the process of building.’
    • ‘Land occupation, building, trading and health ordinances are ignored by their supporters.’
    • ‘Companies were brought in to do the work of building and also to finance the works in the short run.’
    • ‘But the housing boom has led to its own problems, as building and trade labour has become scarce and expensive.’
    • ‘It said building repairs and wage increases were adding to costs.’
    • ‘Bottom ash from the incinerator is used in road building and construction under specified conditions.’
    • ‘These plants are increased by building roads, as compacted soil from roads are seed beds.’
    • ‘Bitumen and aggregate materials useful for building of highways are well known.’
    • ‘There is a very large increase in building of houses in Ballaghaderreen town which is a sign of prosperity.’
    • ‘Adjustments are made for changes in construction materials and building methods.’
    • ‘Perfectly reusable building materials and fixtures then take up space in landfills.’
    • ‘We want to see a dramatic increase in the building of new social homes to help those families in desperate housing need.’
    • ‘Afterwards, it will be bulldozed and the sand used as building material.’
    • ‘Reused Roman building materials can be seen in the walls of the adjacent Saxon church.’
    • ‘Only a minority are cut into sawlog and made into high value furniture, flooring or building materials.’
    • ‘Regional variants to the vernacular revival style took account of local materials and building traditions.’
    • ‘Shortage of building materials after the First World War caused a renewal of the industry.’
    construction, erection, putting up, raising, establishment, fabrication, production, assembly
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    1. 2.1The creation or development of something over a period of time.
      ‘the building of democracy in Guatemala’
      • ‘Effective standards are the result of a consensus building process among all affected interests.’
      • ‘It called for unity with other trade unions, building alliances with public sector unions across towns and cities.’
      • ‘The key to Basic Fantasy Football is making smart trades and building roster value.’
      • ‘Two top pros just revealed their trade secrets for building muscle mass.’
      • ‘The process of vision building however involves the application of intuition.’
      • ‘The process of nation building or of nationalizing the masses was far from complete in pre-war Italy.’
      • ‘I myself, have been very privileged to have been a participant in this process of institution building.’
      • ‘It doesn't even mean that processes of community building have been enabled or will be supported.’
      • ‘It is recognition of the right of the minority group to become a partner in the nation-building process.’
      • ‘My party has been at the heart of it, at the centre of the peace building process.’
      • ‘My vision is to promote sports among the rich and poor to bring about togetherness for nation building.’
      • ‘Cisco is positioning the routers as key products for building lucrative services.’
      design, formation, forming, modelling, putting together, setting up, making, construction, constructing, fabrication, fabricating, fashioning, building, erection, erecting
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  • 3rare A flock of rooks.

    ‘a picture of her standing amongst a building of rooks’
    • ‘The dawn chorus further stimulates my waking senses as did the roosting of the rooks at the previous dusk, a building of rooks some say.’
    • ‘I wonder whether those interested in the building of rooks in the gardens noticed if they were interfered with by crows.’
    • ‘A building of rooks flock around the pigs as they forage for food.’
    • ‘The fox alerts a 'building' of rooks in the highest branches of the ash trees, which takes flight in a chorus of raucous cawing.’
    • ‘As I was about to take the shot, a building of rooks landed on the field.’

Pronunciation

building

/ˈbɪldɪŋ/