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prefabricate

[pree-fab-ri-keyt] /priˈfæb rɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), prefabricated, prefabricating.
1.
to fabricate or construct beforehand.
2.
to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; pre- + fabricate
Related forms
prefabrication, noun
prefabricator, noun
unprefabricated, adjective
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Examples for prefabricate
  • Increasingly, innovative bridge designers and builders are finding ways to prefabricate entire segments of the superstructure.
  • Due to the short construction season, prefabricate structural components during the off-season.
  • Innovative bridge designers and builders are finding ways to prefabricate entire segments of the superstructure.
  • Due to the short construction season, prefabricate structural components during the offseason.
  • Increasingly, innovative bridge designers and builders are finding ways to prefabricate entire superstructures.
  • It may be possible to prefabricate an entire multi-span superstructure with substructure.
  • Bridge designers and builders are finding ways to prefabricate entire segments of a superstructure.
British Dictionary definitions for prefabricate

prefabricate

/priːˈfæbrɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to manufacture sections of (a building), esp in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site
Derived Forms
prefabricated, adjective
prefabrication, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefabricate
v.

1919 (implied in prefabricated), from pre- + fabricate (v.). Related: Prefabricating.

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