build

[bild]
verb (used with object), built or (Archaic) builded; building.
1.
to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house.
2.
to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up ): to build a business; to build up one's hopes.
3.
to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men.
4.
to base; found: a relationship built on trust.
5.
Games.
a.
to make (words) from letters.
b.
to assemble (cards) according to number, suit, etc., as in melding.
verb (used without object), built or (Archaic) builded; building.
6.
to engage in the art, practice, or business of building.
7.
to form or construct a plan, system of thought, etc. (usually followed by on or upon ): He built on the philosophies of the past.
8.
to increase or develop toward a maximum, as of intensity, tempo, or magnitude (often followed by up ): The drama builds steadily toward a climax.
noun
9.
the physical structure, especially of a person; physique; figure: He had a strong build.
10.
the manner or form of construction: The house was of modern build.
11.
Computers.
a.
a version of a program after compilation, typically an update to an existing version made before the program is released.
b.
the process of producing a software build.
c.
a new version or update of data in a database or on a website: frequent, incremental builds of data.
12.
Masonry.
a.
a vertical joint.
b.
the vertical dimension of a stone laid on its bed.
Verb phrases
13.
build in/into, to build or incorporate as part of something else: to build in bookcases between the windows; an allowance for travel expenses built into the budget.
14.
build up,
a.
to develop or increase: to build up a bank account.
b.
to strengthen.
c.
to prepare in stages.
d.
to fill in with houses; develop into an urban area.
e.
to praise or flatter.

Origin:
before 1150; Middle English bilden, Old English byldan, derivative of bold, variant of botl dwelling, house

buildable, adjective
misbuild, verb, misbuilt, misbuilding.
outbuild, verb (used with object), outbuilt, outbuilding.
prebuild, verb (used with object), prebuilt, prebuilding.
superbuild, verb, superbuilt, superbuilding.
unbuildable, adjective
underbuild, verb, underbuilt, underbuilding.

billed, build.
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build (bɪld)
 
vb (foll by on or upon) (often foll by up) , builds, building, built
1.  to make, construct, or form by joining parts or materials: to build a house
2.  (intr) to be a builder by profession
3.  (tr) to order the building of: the government builds most of our hospitals
4.  to base; found: his theory was not built on facts
5.  (tr) to establish and develop: it took ten years to build a business
6.  (tr) to make in a particular way or for a particular purpose: the car was not built for speed
7.  to increase in intensity: the wind was building
8.  cards
 a.  to add cards to each other to form (a sequence or set)
 b.  (intr) to add to the layout of cards on the table from one's hand
 
n
9.  physical form, figure, or proportions: a man with an athletic build
 
[Old English byldan; related to bylda farmer, bold building, Old Norse bōl farm, dwelling; see bower1]

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Word Origin & History

build
late O.E. byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from P.Gmc. *buthlam (cf. O.Fris. bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from base *bheue- "to be, exist, grow." Rare in O.E.; in M.E. it won out over more common O.E. timbran. Modern spelling is unexplained.
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Idioms & Phrases

build

In addition to the idioms beginning with build, also see light (build) a fire under. Also see under built.

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build

human body shape and physique type. The term somatotype is used in the system of classification of human physical types developed by U.S. psychologist W.H. Sheldon. In Sheldon's system, human beings can be classified as to body build in terms of three extreme body types: endomorphic, or round, fat type; mesomorphic, or muscular type; and ectomorphic, or slim, linear type. A somatotype number of three digits is determined for an individual classified by the system, with the first digit referring to endomorphy, the second to mesomorphy, and the third to ectomorphy; each digit is on a scale of one to seven. Hence the extreme endomorph has the somatotype 711, the extreme mesomorph 171, and the extreme ectomorph 117. The classification numbers are negatively correlated, so that a high number in one class precludes high numbers in the others; in practice, extreme types (711, 171, 117) are rare or nonexistent, and the person of normal build has a somatotype approaching 444, evenly balanced between extremes. See also ectomorph; endomorph; mesomorph.

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