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[bil-der] /ˈbɪl dər/
a person who builds.
a person who constructs buildings under contract or as a speculation.
a substance, as an abrasive or filler, added to soaps or other cleaning agents to increase their effectiveness.
Origin of builder
1350-1400; Middle English bildere. See build, -er1
Related forms
underbuilder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for builder
  • But the master-builder now seems rather worried about the stability of his own construction.
  • As a result you may want to speak with your builder.
  • She is also a shrewd consensus builder, adept at winning local support.
  • Surprisingly, a bulky muscle-builder physique is not needed to excel at this sport.
  • In modern terms, this sort of system is best described in terms of sets, using so-called set-builder notation.
  • Getting a designer and a builder to offer an affordable product is another story.
  • My site-builder does not permit me to post mathematical equations.
  • Final products will need to be sophisticated enough that an unsophisticated user or builder can install it and forget about it.
  • If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
  • The stone rejected by the builder was made the corner-stone of his literary edifice.
British Dictionary definitions for builder


a person who builds, esp one who contracts for and supervises the construction or repair of buildings
a substance added to a soap or detergent as a filler or abrasive
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Word Origin and History for builder

late 13c., agent noun from build (v.).

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