from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of wrecking or destroying, especially destruction by explosives.
  • n. Explosives, especially when designed or used as weapons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying a pile or structure; destruction by violence; utter overthrow; -- opposed to construction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying, as a structure; hence, destruction or ruin in general: as, the demolition of a house or of military works; the demolition of a theory.
  • n. In French law, abatement; annulment: as, an action in demolition of a servitude or a nuisance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of demolishing
  • n. an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something


French démolition, from Latin dēmōlītiō, dēmōlītiōn-, from dēmōlīrī, to demolish; see demolish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin dēmōlītiō "a tearing down". (Wiktionary)



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