|1.||[ noun ] a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place|
"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|
"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|
"`up' is an augmentative word in `hurry up'"
|4.||[ noun ] (business) the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings|
"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|
"the building suspense" "the heightening drama"
|6.||[ noun ] the occupants of a building|
"the entire building complained about the noise"