What does demolition mean?

Definitions for demolitionˌdɛm əˈlɪʃ ən, ˌdi mə-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word demolition.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. destruction, demolition, wipeout(noun)

    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

  2. demolition(noun)

    the act of demolishing


  1. demolition(Noun)

    the action of demolishing or destroying, in particular of buildings or other structures

  2. Origin: Latin dēmōlītiō "a tearing down".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demolition(noun)

    the act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying a pile or structure; destruction by violence; utter overthrow; -- opposed to construction; as, the demolition of a house, of military works, of a town, or of hopes

  2. Origin: [L. demolitio, fr. demoliri: cf. F. dmolition. See Demolish.]


  1. Demolition

    Demolition is the tearing-down of buildings and other structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for re-use. For small buildings, such as houses, that are only two or three stories high, demolition is a rather simple process. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers. Larger buildings may require the use of a wrecking ball, a heavy weight on a cable that is swung by a crane into the side of the buildings. Wrecking balls are especially effective against masonry, but are less easily controlled and often less efficient than other methods. Newer methods may use rotational hydraulic shears and silenced rock-breakers attached to excavators to cut or break through wood, steel, and concrete. The use of shears is especially common when flame cutting would be dangerous. The tallest building demolished by nonterrorist methods was the 47-story Singer Building in New York City, which was built in 1908 and torn down in 1967-1968 to be replaced by One Liberty Plaza.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demolition in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demolition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Naomi Watts:

    She's going through something very different than he is, but yet she also needs a jolt, demolition.

  2. Chen Jiangang:

    Based on our current understanding of the situation, these charges are false, if they had actively cooperated with the demolition of the church's cross, there would not be any case today.

  3. Foreign Minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla:

    Aden and the south has suffered most of the damage, most demolition, most of the people killed and tortured. The Houthis concentrated their damage on the south. They killed what remained of the unity of Yemen.

  4. The Belfast-born Branagh:

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