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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Build  \Build\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Built};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Building}.  The  regular  imp.  &  p.  p.  {Builded}  is 
  antiquated.]  [OE.  bulden,  bilden,  AS  byldan  to  build,  fr 
  bold  house;  cf  Icel.  b[=o]l  farm,  abode,  Dan.  bol  small 
  farm,  OSw.  bol,  b["o]le,  house,  dwelling,  fr  root  of  Icel. 
  b?a  to  dwell;  akin  to  E.  be  bower,  boor.  [root]97.] 
  1.  To  erect  or  construct,  as  an  edifice  or  fabric  of  any 
  kind  to  form  by  uniting  materials  into  a  regular 
  structure;  to  fabricate;  to  make  to  raise. 
 
  Nor  aught  availed  him  now  To  have  built  in  heaven 
  high  towers.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  raise  or  place  on  a  foundation;  to  form  establish,  or 
  produce  by  using  appropriate  means 
 
  Who  builds  his  hopes  in  air  of  your  good  looks 
  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  increase  and  strengthen;  to  increase  the  power  and 
  stability  of  to  settle,  or  establish,  and  preserve;  -- 
  frequently  with  up  as  to  build  up  one's  constitution. 
 
  I  commend  you  to  God,  and  to  the  word  of  his  grace, 
  which  is  able  to  build  you  up  --Acts  xx  32. 
 
  Syn:  To  erect;  construct;  raise;  found  frame. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Building  \Build"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  constructing,  erecting,  or  establishing. 
 
  Hence  it  is  that  the  building  of  our  Sion  rises  no 
  faster.  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  2.  The  art  of  constructing  edifices,  or  the  practice  of  civil 
  architecture. 
 
  The  execution  of  works  of  architecture  necessarily 
  includes  building;  but  building  is  frequently 
  employed  when  the  result  is  not  architectural. 
  --Hosking. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  built;  a  fabric  or  edifice  constructed,  as  a 
  house,  a  church,  etc 
 
  Thy  sumptuous  buildings  and  thy  wife's  attire  Have 
  cost  a  mass  of  public  treasury.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  building 
  adj  1:  increasing  or  having  the  power  to  increase  especially  in 
  size  or  amount  or  degree;  "muscle-building  exercises" 
  [syn:  {augmenting},  {augmentative}] 
  2:  rising  progressively;  "the  building  suspense";  "the 
  heightening  drama"  [syn:  {building(a)},  {heightening(a)}] 
  n  1:  a  structure  that  has  a  roof  and  walls  and  stands  more  or 
  less  permanently  in  one  place  "there  was  a  three-story 
  building  on  the  corner";  "it  was  an  imposing  edifice" 
  [syn:  {edifice}] 
  2:  the  act  of  constructing  or  building  something  "during  the 
  construction  we  had  to  take  a  detour";  "his  hobby  was  the 
  building  of  boats"  [syn:  {construction}] 
  3:  the  commercial  activity  involved  in  constructing  buildings; 
  "their  main  business  is  home  construction";  "workers  in 
  the  building  trades"  [syn:  {construction}] 
  4:  the  occupants  of  a  building;  "the  entire  building  complained 
  about  the  noise" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Building 
  among  the  Jews  was  suited  to  the  climate  and  conditions  of  the 
  country.  They  probably  adopted  the  kind  of  architecture  for 
  their  dwellings  which  they  found  already  existing  when  they 
  entered  Canaan  (Deut.  6:10;  Num.  13:19).  Phoenician  artists  (2 
  Sam.  5:11;  1  Kings  5:6,  18)  assisted  at  the  erection  of  the 
  royal  palace  and  the  temple  at  Jerusalem.  Foreigners  also 
  assisted  at  the  restoration  of  the  temple  after  the  Exile  (Ezra 
  3:7). 
 
  In  Gen.  11:3,  9,  we  have  the  first  recorded  instance  of  the 
  erection  of  buildings.  The  cities  of  the  plain  of  Shinar  were 
  founded  by  the  descendants  of  Shem  (10:11,  12,  22). 
 
  The  Israelites  were  by  occupation  shepherds  and  dwellers  in 
  tents  (Gen.  47:3);  but  from  the  time  of  their  entering  Canaan 
  they  became  dwellers  in  towns,  and  in  houses  built  of  the  native 
  limestone  of  Palestine.  Much  building  was  carried  on  in 
  Solomon's  time.  Besides  the  buildings  he  completed  at  Jerusalem, 
  he  also  built  Baalath  and  Tadmor  (1  Kings  9:15,  24).  Many  of  the 
  kings  of  Israel  and  Judah  were  engaged  in  erecting  various 
  buildings. 
 
  Herod  and  his  sons  and  successors  restored  the  temple,  and 
  built  fortifications  and  other  structures  of  great  magnificence 
  in  Jerusalem  (Luke  21:5). 
 
  The  instruments  used  in  building  are  mentioned  as  the 
  plumb-line  (Amos  7:7),  the  measuring-reed  (Ezek.  40:3),  and  the 
  saw  (1  Kings  7:9). 
 
  Believers  are  "God's  building"  (1  Cor.  3:9);  and  heaven  is 
  called  "a  building  of  God"  (2  Cor.  5:1).  Christ  is  the  only 
  foundation  of  his  church  (1  Cor.  3:10-12),  of  which  he  also  is 
  the  builder  (Matt.  16:18). 
 




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