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Usage statistics for the noun building:

spoken English37.6%written English62.4% conversational speech25.66%task-oriented speech74.34% imaginative writing34.81%informational writing65.19%
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Building is sometimes a misspelling of buildings.

The word building is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun building

What does building mean as a name of something?

Building is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: buildings

  1. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  2. the act of constructing something
  3. the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
  4. the occupants of a building
    • example: the entire building complained about the noise
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place

Alternative definition of the noun building


  1. [uncountable] The act or process of building.
  2. A closed structure with walls and a roof.


  1. "Building" is the tenth studio album by American recording artist Brian Larsen, released on April 17, 2012 by Protocol Records. The album was announced by Larsen in August, 2010 and a teaser trailer for the album was released in November, 2010.
  2. "Building" is the third album from Sense Field. It was released in 1996 on Revelation Records.
  3. "Building" is a composition.
  4. "Building" is a composition by Somobe.
    • music by Somobe
    • award: - Independent Music Award for Best Song - Rap or Hip-Hop nomination for Somobe


  1. "Building" is a book by Philip Wilkinson.
    • also known as "Building (Eyewitness Books)"
    • genres: Reference, Children's literature
    • subjects: Engineering, Technology, Structural engineering, Construction, Architecture, Art
  2. "Building" is a short story by S. J. Rozan.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (9 years ago)
    • award: - Edgar Award for Best Short Story nomination for S. J. Rozan
  3. "Building" is a book by Elisha Cooper.
    • subjects: Construction, Technology


"Building" is an award-nominated video game.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • designer: Mike Tullock
  • developer: Mike Tullock
  • genres: Interactive fiction, Adventure game
  • award:
    • XYZZY Award for Best Setting
    • XYZZY Award for Best Puzzles


  1. Building is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest business-to-business magazines, launched as The Builder in 1843 by Joseph Aloysius Hansom – architect of Birmingham Town Hall and designer of the Hansom Cab. The journal was renamed Building in 1966 as it is still known today. Building is the only UK title to cover the entire building industry. According to ABC, the magazine's circulation for the year ending in June 2006, was 25,017, but circulation dropped during the recession of the late 2000s to 21,271 for the year July 2009 - June 2010, with the decline continuing in 2011. The parent publishing company is UBM Built Environment, a division of UBM.
    • also known as The Builder
  2. Building: In mathematics, a building is a combinatorial and geometric structure which simultaneously generalizes certain aspects of flag manifolds, finite projective planes, and Riemannian symmetric spaces. Initially introduced by Jacques Tits as a means to understand the structure of exceptional groups of Lie type, the theory has also been used to study the geometry and topology of homogeneous spaces of p-adic Lie groups and their discrete subgroups of symmetries, in the same way that trees have been used to study free groups.
    • also known as Bruhat–Tits building
  3. The building occupied by this entity. Note that this property is for the building itself, not simply the street address or mailing address.
  4. The building where the legislative assembly gathers.

Phrases with Building

Phrases starting with the word Building:

  1. building code
  2. building site
  3. building block
  4. Building blocks
  5. building permit

Phrases ending with the word Building:

  1. A-Building
  2. bank building
  3. farm building
  4. Main Building
  5. Pole Building
  6. ship building
  7. soil-building
  8. Break-Building
  9. Green Building
  10. jerry-building
  11. roman building
  12. telco building
  13. church building
  14. morale building
  15. muscle building

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Building

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Where there is a lease of land and buildings and the title to the land is not transferred, generally the lease is treated as if (a) The land is a finance lease; the building is a finance lease. (b) The land is a finance lease; the building is an operating ...

Google previewRegion-building (2010)

Vol. I: The Global Proliferation of Regional Integration by Ludger Kühnhardt

Region~building is the geo~ political and geo~economic expression of this quest for identity.

Region~building is a process that requires political choices and actions, which inevitably are influenced by market developments and the effects of ...

Google previewSowing the Seeds of Rice Science (2012)

Achievements and Future Directions for Training at IRRI by Imelda M. Revilla-Molina

Human capacity building is the heart and soul of IRRI's past and future.

Google previewCampbell's Illustrated Weekly (1893)

The largest building is that designed for Manufactures and Liberal Arts. A. Page Brown, of San Francisco, was the architect. Its dimensions...

Google previewThe Dynamics of Architectural Form (1977)

Based on the 1975 Mary Duke Biddle Lectures at the Cooper Union by Rudolf Arnheim

And once a particular building is the final target, there is no stopping at a particular stage of the designing, no point at which the "structural" turns into the " visual," no point at which essence gives way to "external" shape. The conception is ...

Google previewCode Compliance for Advanced Technology Facilities (1994)

A Comprehensive Guide for Semiconductor and other Hazardous Occupancies by William R. Acorn

AGRICULTURAL BUILDING is a structure designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or other horticultural products. This structure shall not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where ...

Google previewOhio Historic Places Dictionary (2008)

by Editorial Staff, State History Publications, LLC

The three-story May Realty Building is the city's best remaining interpretation of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The main facade is an outstanding feature with elements in the cornice and second floor design that typify this style. It is noted ...

Google previewA-Z of Public Health (2014)

by Glenn Laverack

SEE ALSO asset-based community development; community; Health Impact Assessment; needs assessment Capacity building is a process that increases assets and attributes through increasing the knowledge, skills and competencies of the ...

Google previewTiverton and Little Compton (1997)

by Nancy J. Devin, Richard V. Simpson

The building is a large, woodshingled, two-and-a-half-story hotel and restaurant, occupying a corner lot at the east end of what was once the Stone Bridge. The building is the third on this site. The once-fashionable resort catered to vacationers ...

Google previewAlabaster Cities (2006)

Urban U.S. Since 1950 by John R. Short

Producing Housing House building is an important sector of the U.S. economy.

Google previewSaving Europe (2015)

Anatomy of a Dream by Carlo Bastasin

The Bundesbank building is a dull glass and concrete complex on the outskirts of Frankfurt. It is so ugly that one of Weber's predecessors, Karl Otto Poehl, ascribed to it only one clear advantage: “It is the only place in Frankfurt from where you ...

Google previewSturgis' Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building (2013)

An Unabridged Reprint of the 1901-2 Edition by Russell Sturgis, Francis A. Davis

All enneastyle building. The term is modern, made up to correspond with hexastylos, oktastylos, etc. ENSING1-IN, MATHIAS VON. (SeeMathias von Ensingen.) ENSING-EN, MORIZ 'VON. (See Moriz von Ensingen.) ENSINGEN, ULRICH VON.

Google previewThe Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2002)

by David H. Capie, Paul M. Evans

While there is widespread agreement that the aim of confidence- and security- building measures (CSBMs) is to reduce uncertainty, misperception, and suspicion, and thus help lessen the possibility of armed conflict, there is no commonly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Energy-efficient Building Design (1977)

391 Practical Case Studies by Kaiman Lee


Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science (2000)

by John F. Mongillo, Linda Zierdt-Warshaw

sick building syndrome Bering Strait sick building syndrome, A condition in which building occupants experience acute health symptoms that do not fit the pattern of any particular DISEASE, appear to be linked to time spent in a particular ...

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Usage statistics about building

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun building:

spoken English37.6%written English62.4% conversational speech25.66%task-oriented speech74.34% imaginative writing34.81%informational writing65.19%

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Quotes about Building

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. (Frank Zappa)
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Scrabble value of B3U1I1L1D2I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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