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- n. The state of being dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined.
- n. The act of dilapidating, damaging a building or structure through neglect or by intention.
- n. Ecclesiastical waste: impairing of church property by an incumbent, through neglect or by intention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of dilapidating, or the state of being dilapidated, reduced to decay, partially ruined, or squandered.
- n. Ecclesiastical waste; impairing of church property by an incumbent, through neglect or by intention.
- n. The pulling down of a building, or suffering it to fall or be in a state of decay.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gradual ruin or decay; disorder; especially, impairment or ruin through misuse or neglect.
- n. Specifically In English ecclesiastical law, the pulling down, suffering to go to decay, or ruin of any building or other property in possession of an incumbent.
- n. In ecclesiastical law, the amount charged against an incumbent for damages incurred during his incumbency.
- n. In geology, the process by which exposed ledges become diminished or destroyed through the falling away of fragments of rock; also, the material broken off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of becoming dilapidated
- n. a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
From dilapidate (itself from Latin dilapidare, literally "to destroy with stones", itself from dis (intensive) + lapidare, "to stone" (from lapis "stone")) + -ation (Wiktionary)