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air-built

Air"-built` adjective
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  1. Erected in the air; having no solid foundation; chimerical; as, an air-built castle.
Webster 1913

apartment building

  • noun a building that is divided into apartments
    apartment house.
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bank building

  • noun a building in which the business of banking transacted
    bank.
    • the bank is on the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon
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bicycle-built-for-two

  • noun a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
    tandem; tandem bicycle.
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body-build

  • noun constitution of the human body
    physique; build; habitus.
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build in

  • verb make something an integral part of something else
    • we can build in a special clause to make the contract better for you
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build on

  • verb be based on; of theories and claims, for example
    build on; repose on; rest on.
    • What's this new evidence based on?
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build up

  • verb enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
    • build up your savings
  • verb form or accumulate steadily
    progress; build; work up.
    • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
    • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
  • verb prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    gird; fortify; arm.
    • The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East
    • troops are building up on the Iraqi border
  • verb bolster or strengthen
    build; work up; ramp up.
    • We worked up courage
    • build up confidence
    • ramp up security in the airports
  • verb change the use of and make available or usable
    develop.
    • develop land
    • The country developed its natural resources
    • The remote areas of the country were gradually built up
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build upon

  • verb be based on; of theories and claims, for example
    build on; repose on; rest on.
    • What's this new evidence based on?
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building block

  • noun a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
    unit.
    • units of nucleic acids
  • noun a block of material used in construction work
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building code

  • noun set of standards established and enforced by local government for the structural safety of buildings
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building complex

  • noun a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
    complex.
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building department

  • noun the division of a business responsible for building and maintaining the physical plant
    plant department.
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building material

  • noun material used for constructing buildings
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building permit

  • noun a document authorizing the holder to construct a building of a particular kind on a particular lot
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building site

  • noun a lot on which there are no permanent buildings
    vacant lot.
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building society

  • noun British equivalent of United States savings and loan association
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building supply house

  • noun a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
    building supply house.
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building supply store

  • noun a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
    building supply house.
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built in bed

  • noun a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
    berth; bunk.
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built-in

  • adjective satellite existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    inbuilt; constitutional; integral; inherent.
    • the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity
    • a constitutional inability to tell the truth
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built-in bed

  • noun a bed that is built in and fixed to a wall
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built-soap powder

  • noun soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
    washing powder; soap powder.
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built-up

  • adjective satellite peopled with settlers
    • the built-up areas
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capitol building

  • noun the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
    Capitol.
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carvel-built

  • adjective (of ships) built with flush (rather than overlapping) hull planks
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church building

  • noun a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    church.
    • the church was empty
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clincher-built

  • adjective having overlapping hull planks
    lap-strake; clincher-built; lap-straked; lap-streak; lap-streaked.
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Clinch"er-built adjective
Definitions
  1. See Clinker-built.
Webster 1913

clinker-built

  • adjective having overlapping hull planks
    lap-strake; clincher-built; lap-straked; lap-streak; lap-streaked.
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Clink"er-built adjective
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  1. (Naut.) Having the side planks (af a boat) so arranged that the lower edge of each overlaps the upper edge of the plank next below it like clapboards on a house. See Lapstreak.
Webster 1913

cloud-built

Cloud"-built adjective
Definitions
  1. Built of, or in, the clouds; airy; unsubstantial; imaginary. Cowper.
    So vanished my cloud-built palace. Goldsmith.
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custom-built

  • noun an item made to the customer's specifications
    custom-made.
  • adjective satellite built for a particular individual
    made-to-order.
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Diagonal built

  • (Shipbuilding), built by forming the outer skin of two layers of planking, making angles of about 45° with the keel, in opposite directions.
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diplomatic building

  • noun government building in which diplomats live or work
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empire state building

  • noun a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
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farm building

  • noun a building on a farm
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Frame building ∨ house

  • a building of which the form and support is made of framed timbers. U.S.
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frigate-built

Frig"ate-built" adjective
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  1. (Naut.) Built like a frigate with a raised quarter-deck and forecastle.
Webster 1913

government building

  • noun a building that houses a branch of government
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hand-build

  • verb make without a potter's wheel
    coil; handbuild.
    • This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels
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high-built

High"-built` adjective
Definitions
  1. Of lofty structure; tall. "High-built organs." Tennyson.
    The high-built elephant his castle rears. Creech.
Webster 1913

ice-built

Ice"-built` adjective
Definitions
  1. Composed of ice.
  2. Loaded with ice. "Ice-built mountains." Gray.
Webster 1913

jerry-building

  • noun construction of inferior buildings for a quick profit
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jerry-built

  • adjective satellite of inferior workmanship and materials
    shoddy.
    • mean little jerry-built houses
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Jer"ry-built` adjective
Definitions
  1. Built hastily and of bad materials; as, jerry-built houses. Colloq. Eng.
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medical building

  • noun building where medicine is practiced
    healthcare facility; health facility.
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morale building

  • noun anything that serves to increase morale
    morale booster.
    • the sight of flowers every morning was my morale builder
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muscle building

  • noun exercise that builds muscles through tension
    bodybuilding; musclebuilding; anaerobic exercise.
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office building

  • noun a building containing offices where work is done
    office block.
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purpose-built

  • adjective satellite designed and constructed to serve a particular purpose
    purpose-made.
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roman building

  • noun a building constructed by the ancient Romans
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sea-built

Sea"-built` adjective
Definitions
  1. Built at, in, or by the sea.
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ship building

  • noun the construction of ships
    shipbuilding.
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soil-building

  • adjective satellite (of crops) planted to improve the quality of the soil
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square-built

  • adjective satellite broad and solidly built
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telco building

  • noun a building that houses telecommunications equipment
    telecom hotel.
    • the telecom hotels are prime targets for bombing
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To build a chapel

  • (Naut.), to chapel a ship. See Chapel, v. t., 2.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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