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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English


building ‎(plural buildings)

White buildings are beside THE street.
  1. (uncountable) The act or process of building.
    The building of the bridge will be completed in a couple of weeks.
  2. A closed structure with walls and a roof.
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, 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. Parents fear sending their children to school. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.
    My sister lives in that apartment building.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See build



  1. present participle of build