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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 prefabricated
  • We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
  • Many builders start with a prefabricated metal shell.
  • Or adapt a prefabricated picture frame by screwing it to a fabric-covered plywood panel.
  • Manufactured homes are prefabricated houses built entirely off site and delivered to where the family has leased land.
  • We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations.
  • The same readers will despise the prefabricated and jargon-ridden language of their contemporaries.
  • Traditional sizes have dictated many things, from expectations to prefabricated construction parts.
  • Toward the outskirts, people are living in prefabricated houses that have replaced the tents that served as temporary shelter.
  • Across the river, the corrugated-iron roofs of a prefabricated barracks glint in the midday sun.
  • Much of this will be prefabricated, rather than being riveted together from thousands of aluminium sheets and ribs.
British Dictionary definitions for prefabricated

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 prefabricated

prefabricate

v.

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

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