Meaning of BUILDING in English


— buildingless , adj.

/bil"ding/ , n.

1. a relatively permanent enclosed construction over a plot of land, having a roof and usually windows and often more than one level, used for any of a wide variety of activities, as living, entertaining, or manufacturing.

2. anything built or constructed.

3. the act, business, or practice of constructing houses, office buildings, etc.

[ 1250-1300; ME byldinge. See BUILD, -ING 1 ]

Syn. 1. BUILDING, EDIFICE, STRUCTURE refer to something built. BUILDING and STRUCTURE may apply to either a finished or an unfinished product of construction, and carry no implications as to size or condition. EDIFICE is a more formal word and narrower in application, referring to a completed structure, and usually a large and imposing one. BUILDING generally connotes a useful purpose (houses, schools, business offices, etc.); STRUCTURE suggests the planning and constructive process.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .