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demolition

[dem-uh-lish-uh n, dee-muh-] /ˌdɛm əˈlɪʃ ən, ˌdi mə-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of demolishing.
2.
the state of being demolished; destruction.
3.
destruction or demolishment by explosives.
4.
demolitions, explosives, especially as used in war.
adjective
5.
of, pertaining to, or working with explosives:
A demolition squad attempted to blow up the bridge before the enemy captured it.
6.
of or pertaining to tearing down or demolishing:
Demolition work had begun on the old building.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin dēmōlītiōn- (stem of dēmōlītiō), equivalent to dēmōlīt(us) (past participle of dēmōlīrī; see demolish) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
demolitionist, noun
nondemolition, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demolitions

demolitions

/ˌdɛməˈlɪʃənz; ˌdiː-/
plural noun (mainly military)
1.
  1. explosives, as when used to blow up bridges, etc
  2. (as modifier): a demolitions expert
2.
targets prepared for destruction by explosives

demolition

/ˌdɛməˈlɪʃən; ˌdiː-/
noun
1.
the act of demolishing or state of being demolished
2.
(mainly military)
  1. destruction by explosives
  2. (as modifier): a demolition charge
Derived Forms
demolitionist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for demolitions

demolition

n.

1540s, from Old French demolition (14c.) "demolition; defeat, rout," from Latin demolitionem (nominative demolitio), noun of action from past participle stem of demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, American English, defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."

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