English edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.dɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪldɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: build‧ing

Etymology 1 edit

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From Middle English byldynge, buyldyng, byldyng, buldynge, buldyng, boldyng, equivalent to build +‎ -ing. Compare also related Middle English bold (edifice, castle, mansion), from Old English bold (building, dwelling, house).

Noun edit

building (countable and uncountable, plural buildings)

  1. (uncountable) The act or process by which something is built; construction.
    Synonym: construction
    The building of the bridge will be completed in a couple of weeks.
  2. (countable) A closed structure with walls and a roof.
    Synonyms: edifice; see also Thesaurus:building
    My sister lives in that apartment building.
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 1:
      One particularly damaging, but often ignored, effect of conflict on education is the proliferation of attacks on schools [] as children, teachers or school buildings become the targets of attacks.
  3. (mathematics) Synonym of Tits building
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English beeldynge, equivalent to build +‎ -ing.

Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of build

French edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English building.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

building m (plural buildings)

  1. tower, skyscraper (tall building)
    Synonyms: gratte-ciel, tour

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