a-building

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

abuilding

Etymology[edit]

a- (in, on) +‎ building (the act or process of building)

Adverb[edit]

a-building (not comparable)

  1. Being built or under construction, as a structure or a vessel.
    • 1890, William Morris, News from Nowhere, chapter XXVI:
      This talk brought us up to the house that was a-building, not a large one, which stood at the end of a beautiful orchard surrounded by an old stone wall.
    • 1922, Eric Rücker Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros, page 141:
      "Of these nineteen ships a-building no more than two can take the water before a month be past, and but seven more ere six months' time, push we never so mightily the work."