1. [ noun ] a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
Synonyms: edifice

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

Related terms: structure house school house hotel theater restaurant center feedlot apartment_building dormitory architecture ruin tavern whorehouse Pentagon clubhouse gambling_house greenhouse skyscraper Hall_of_Fame temple ministry packinghouse farm_building aviary morgue gazebo bakery hall hall airdock Statehouse student_union bathhouse independence_hall hotel-casino town_hall bowling_alley courthouse telco_building signal_box medical_building government_building diplomatic_building office_building observatory opium_den outbuilding chancellery library planetarium place_of_worship chapterhouse presbytery rest_house rink firetrap abattoir Roman_building houses_of_parliament rotunda shooting_gallery room wall window roof stairway floor corner anteroom court elevator exterior_door shaft skeleton scantling heating_system cornerstone crawl_space skeleton interior_door cullis cornerstone foundation_stone corner annex
2. [ noun ] the act of constructing or building something
Synonyms: construction

"during the construction we had to take a detour" "his hobby was the building of boats"

Related terms: creating_from_raw_materials fabrication shipbuilding erecting dry_walling grading rustication road_construction house-raising crenelation raise rebuild frames prefabricate reface groin wattle construct
3. [ adjective ] increasing or having the power to increase especially in size or amount or degree
Synonyms: augmentative augmenting

"`up' is an augmentative word in `hurry up'"

Related terms: increasing
4. [ noun ] (business) the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings
Synonyms: construction

"their main business is home construction" "workers in the building trades"

Related terms: commercial_enterprise jerry-building plumbing painting roofing sheet-metal_work masonry shingling build
5. [ adjective ] rising progressively
Synonyms: heightening

"the building suspense" "the heightening drama"

Related terms: rising
6. [ noun ] the occupants of a building

"the entire building complained about the noise"

Related terms: gathering
Similar spelling:   build_in