skyscraper

skyscraper

[skahy-skrey-per]
noun
1.
a relatively tall building of many stories, especially one for office or commercial use.
2.
Architecture. a building of exceptional height completely supported by a framework, as of girders, from which the walls are suspended, as opposed to a building supported by load-bearing walls.

Origin:
1785–95; sky + scraper

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skyscraper (ˈskaɪˌskreɪpə)
 
n
a very tall multistorey building

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skyscraper
very tall urban building, 1888, in a Chicago context, from sky + agent noun of scrape (v.). Used earlier for "ornament atop a building" (1883), "very tall man" (1857), "high-flying bird" (1840), "light sail at the top of a mast" (1794), and the name
of a racehorse (1789). Cf. cognate Fr. gratte-ciel, from gratter "to scrape" + ciel "sky;" Ger. Wolkenkratzer, from Wolke "cloud" + Kratzer "scraper."
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