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English noun: building

1. building (artifact) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

SamplesThere was a three-story building on the corner.
It was an imposing edifice.


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)abattoir, apartment building, apartment house, architecture, aviary, bagnio, bathhouse, bathing machine, bawdyhouse, bird sanctuary, bordello, bowling alley, brothel, butchery, casino-hotel, cathouse, center, centre, chapterhouse, club, clubhouse, dead room, dorm, dormitory, eatery, eating house, eating place, farm building, feedlot, firetrap, gambling den, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house, gazebo, glasshouse, government building, greenhouse, hall, hall, hall, Hall of Fame, health facility, healthcare facility, hotel, hotel-casino, house, house, house, house of God, house of ill repute, house of prayer, house of prostitution, house of worship, library, medical building, ministry, morgue, mortuary, nursery, observatory, office block, office building, opium den, outbuilding, packinghouse, place of worship, planetarium, presbytery, residence hall, rest house, restaurant, rink, Roman building, rotunda, ruin, school, schoolhouse, shambles, shooting gallery, signal box, signal tower, skating rink, skyscraper, slaughterhouse, sporting house, student residence, student union, summerhouse, tap house, tavern, telco building, telecom hotel, temple, theater, theatre, volary, whorehouse

Instance hyponymHouses of Parliament, Independence Hall

Part holonymannex, annexe, antechamber, anteroom, corner, corner, cornerstone, cornerstone, court, courtyard, crawl space, crawlspace, cullis, elevator, entrance hall, extension, exterior door, floor, foundation stone, foyer, frame, hall, heat, heating, heating plant, heating system, interior door, level, lift, lobby, nook, outside door, quoin, roof, room, scantling, shaft, skeletal frame, skeleton, staircase, stairway, storey, story, stud, underframe, upstairs, vestibule, wall, window, wing

2. building (act) the act of constructing something

SamplesDuring the construction we had to take a detour.
His hobby was the building of boats.


Broader (hypernym)creating from raw materials

Narrower (hyponym)assembly, crenelation, crenellation, dry walling, erecting, erection, fabrication, grading, house-raising, leveling, road construction, rustication, ship building, shipbuilding

Domain category memberserect, frame, frame up, groin, preassemble, prefabricate, put up, raise, rear, rebuild, reconstruct, reface, set up, wattle

3. building (act) the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones

SamplesTheir main business is home construction.
Workers in the building trades.


Broader (hypernym)business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

Narrower (hyponym)jerry-building

Part holonymhouse painting, masonry, painting, plumbery, plumbing, roofing, sheet-metal work, shingling

4. building (group) the occupants of a building

SamplesThe entire building complained about the noise.

Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering

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