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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskaɪˌskɹeɪp.ə(ɹ)/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈskaɪˌskɹeɪpɚ/
skyscraper (plural skyscrapers)
- (architecture) A very tall building with a large number of floors.
- 1917, Herman Gastrell Seely, A Son of the City: A Story of Boy Life:
- Then he noticed, as a prosaic business man will notice suddenly, that a skyscraper which he has passed daily for months is out of line with its neighbor, that the seat behind the new little girl was unoccupied and that she stood alone in the aisle during exercises.
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Citadel Station: Wards Codex entry:
- The Wards are open-topped, with skyscrapers rising from the superstructure. Towers are sealed against vacuum, as the breathable atmosphere envelope is only maintained to a height of about seven meters. The atmosphere is contained by the centrifugal force of rotation and a "membrane" of dense, colorless sulphur hexafluoride gas, held in place by carefully managed mass effect fields.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. […] But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
- (nautical, archaic) A small sail atop a mast of a ship; a triangular skysail.
- (figurative) Anything very tall or high.
This term has been calqued in many languages.
- → Belarusian: небаскроб (njebaskrób), хмарачос (xmaračós) (calque)
- → Chinese: (calque) 摩天樓／摩天楼 (mótiānlóu)
- → Czech: mrakodrap (calque)
- → French: gratte-ciel (calque)
- → Greek: ουρανοξύστης (ouranoxýstis) (calque)
- → German: Wolkenkratzer (calque)
- → Hungarian: felhőkarcoló (calque)
- → Indonesian: pencakar langit (calque)
- → Malay: pencakar langit
- → Italian: grattacielo (calque)
- → Japanese: 摩天楼 (matenrō) (calque)
- → Korean: 마천루 (macheollu) (calque)
- → Latin: caeliscalpium (calque)
- → Polish: drapacz chmur (calque)
- → Portuguese: arranha-céus (calque)
- → Romanian: zgârie-nori (calque)
- → Russian: небоскрёб (neboskrjób) (calque)
- → Serbo-Croatian: nȅbodēr/не̏боде̄р (calque)
- → Slovene: nebotičnik (calque)
- → Spanish: rascacielos (calque)
- → Turkish: gökdelen (calque)
- → Swedish: skyskrapa (calque)
- → Ukrainian: хмарочос (xmaročos) (calque)