WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
build•ing /ˈbɪldɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Building, Architecture anything (such as a house, etc.) built on an area of land, having a roof and walls and usually intended to be kept in one place:[countable]Many of the old buildings were being fixed.
  2. [uncountable] the act or business of constructing houses, etc.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
build•ing  (bilding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Building, Architecturea 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.
building•less, adj. 
  • Middle English byldinge. See build, -ing1 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

building /ˈbɪldɪŋ/ n
  1. something built with a roof and walls, such as a house or factory
  2. the act, business, occupation, or art of building houses, boats, etc



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