demolish

Definitions

  • Demolishing the Fortifications——244
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v demolish defeat soundly "The home team demolished the visitors"
    • v demolish destroy completely "the wrecking ball demolished the building","demolish your enemies","pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"
    • v demolish humiliate or depress completely "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation","The death of her son smashed her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The destruction of the Berlin Wall began when private citizens began to demolish entire sections of the Wall without interference from government officials on November 9, 1989
    • v. t Demolish To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall. "I expected the fabric of my book would long since have been demolished , and laid even with the ground."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demolish To throw or pull down; destroy the structural character of, as a building or a wall; reduce to ruins.
    • demolish To destroy in general; put an end to; ruin utterly; lay waste.
    • demolish Synonyms Raze, Demolish. Raze, to level with the ground; demolish, to destroy by complete separation of parts. A house is razed when it is leveled, even if it largely holds together; it is demolished if torn to pieces, even if some parts of it stand in place.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Demolish de-mol′ish to destroy, lay in ruins, to ruin
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Quotations

  • Jean Rostand
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    “One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. démolir, fr. L. demoliri, p. p. demolitus,; de-, + moliri, to set a thing in motion, to work, construct, from moles, a huge mass or structure. See Mole a mound, and Finish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. démolir—L. demolīri, to throw down—de, down, and molīri, to build—moles, a heap.

Usage

In literature:

Beneath the now demolished flooring is a small crypt of 15th-cent.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
The next four again were portraits of the General, and all have been demolished.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
This, of course, demolished his prospects at once.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
St. Romain demolished the temple, and dispersed the sinners.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. I. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
The Bastille was stormed by the furious Parisians and demolished.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
We see the city of those persons demolished, to gratify whom Hannibal destroyed Saguntum.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
The prison of Southwark, now demolished, opened on two streets, between which, as a gate, it formerly served as means of communication.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Everywhere he turned, something was being torn down or up, something was being demolished or replaced.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
The line from St. Trond to Hanut has been demolished.
"Through the Iron Bars" by Emile Cammaerts
In another volume M. de Gasparin demolished the tales, but he was only at the beginning of his subject.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
The theory of determinism cannot be demolished by argument.
"The Human Machine" by E. Arnold Bennett
The first use he made of his freedom was to demolish a rabbit-hutch which was in the stable.
"International Weekly Miscellany, Vol. 1, No. 5, July 29, 1850" by Various
It was demolished in 1866.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume II. No. 2, November, 1884" by Various
The police had to clear Carrs Lane with their cutlasses, and Park Street was nearly demolished.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Steele required only one blow for each article he struck, and he demolished it.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
A grand building arose; but it has been wholly demolished by the ruthless hand of time and the barbarity of conquerors.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
The garrison were cut down or taken captive, and the fortress demolished.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
To demolish a bridge of masonry the powder should be lodged in chambers excavated in the centre of the piers.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
Arundel Gardens were built over the site of Arundel House, demolished in 1898.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The convent was demolished.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
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In poetry:

TRANSLATOR TO TRANSLATED
O Harry Heine, curses be,
I live too late to sup with thee!
Who can demolish at such polished ease
Philistia's pomp and Art's pomposities!
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
I left it in a since-demolished bar,
And underneath a rain-streaked paving-stone.
And, men and things being what they are,
The hidden ghost had better couch alone.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I'll tell of whores attacked, their lords at home,
Bawds' quarters beaten up, and fortress won,
Windows demolished, watches overcome,
And handsome ills by my contrivance done.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot
OLD MAN.
They're demolish'd too--
As if he could not see thro' casement glass!
The very red-breasts that so regular
Came to my Lady for her morning crumbs,
Won't know the window now!
"English Eclogues I - The Old Mansion-House" by Robert Southey
I built myself a monument, eternal and miraculous,
It's higher than the Pyramids, than metal it is harder;
Swift winds and thunder cannot knock it down
The flight of time cannot demolish it.
"Monument" by Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin

In news:

Covington may demolish historic building.
Chicago public housing residents are upset about a proposal that would demolish 1,800 apartments.
Demolishing houses is only half of the solution.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to demolish a building, dig up contaminated soil and sediment and treat the groundwater at the Crown Cleaners of Watertown Inc Superfund site in Herrings, N.Y.
This house-turned-apartment at 1304 Third Ave SE, photographed Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, is one of the buildings proposed to be demolished in the Second and Third Avenue Historic District in Cedar Rapids.
Historic Train Depot In Boones Mill May Be Demolished.
FOREST HILLS—Model train enthusiast, Casey Arborway design team member and Jamaica Plain resident Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis is honoring the soon-to-be demolished Casey Overpass with a miniature version of the overpass in his model train set .
The Seattle Times is reporting that Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Center have reached a tentative deal to demolish the aging Memorial Stadium.
The property at 138 E Olive Avenue previously was home to an industrial building that was demolished several years ago.
Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The iconic and ultra-visible town water tank near I-290 will soon be demolished, town officials said.
The Shumlin Administration was hoping to demolish more than 20 buildings in the State Office Complex in Waterbury that suffered extensive damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
Vornado Realty Trust isn't hell-bent on demolishing the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, anymore — but it's putting the paperwork in place, just in case.
The well house that sat on top of the hill in Riverside Park was demolished Thursday morning, July 28, to make way for the the amphitheater proposed by the Princeton Area Visionary Committee.
Westland Mobile Home Park could be demolished.
Gary Sheffield returned to his home area of Tampa Bay on Tuesday and responded with a pair of homers as the Tigers demolished the Devil Rays 14-2 at the Trop.
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In science:

Therefore, a non-demolished experiment requires a small voltage and low temperature, where the adiabatic approximation holds.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
This proves in both cases that the stochastic wave function ψ t (ω ) = Vt (ω ) ψ0 is not normalized for each ω , but it is normalized in the mean square sense to the probability h||ψ t ||2 i ≤ ||ψ0 ||2 = 1 for the quantum system not to be demolished during its observation up to the time t.
On the Generators of Quantum Stochastic Master Equation
This proves in both cases that the stochastic wave function ψ t (ω ) = Vt (ω ) ψ0 is not normalized for each ω , but it is normalized in the mean square sense to the probability h||ψ t ||2 i ≤ ||ψ0 ||2 = 1 for the quantum system not to be demolished during its observation up to the time t.
On the General Form of Quantum Stochastic Evolution Equation
Can there be drastic differences between them? Here we address a distinctly quantum mechanical setting that displays such differences: disturbances of thermal equilibrium between two-level systems (TLS) and a bath by frequent and brief quantum (non-demolishing)[7, 8, 9, 10] measurements of the TLS energy-states.
Thermodynamical Control by Frequent Quantum Measurements
Combinations of problems also had a demolishing effect in the method performance as seen in the last three rows of Table 4, being the worst case the combination of blur and il lumination that had 0 recall.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
SE philosophy of science, instead of performing the useful task of demolishing SE and arguing for its replacement, tries to justify SE, and of course fails.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
But if the state is only restricted to be in a finite set containing non-orthogonal states, as in QC, then there is no way to perform a measurement without “demolishing” (perturbing) the state.
Quantum Cryptography
If the influence of massive external stars in star forming regions is not demolishing for planet formation, star forming regions are natural birthplaces of extrasolar planets.
Viscous diffusion and photoevaporation of stellar disks
The earlier paper, Bell (1966), published after the later one, Bell (1964), demolished von Neumann’s assumptions on the structure of hidden variable theories.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
It influences also the voodoo science: attempts to prove Bell’s Theorem wrong appear with surprising regularity, and put the old tasks of building the perpetuum mobile, or demolishing of special relativity, down in the list of priorities.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
Thus, no effective temperature for the quantum-demolished phase X2 may be introduced, due to the highly nonequilibrium states induced by the quantum during the measurements.
Are quantum measurements on macroscopic bodies feasible?
A parcel covering approximately two acres is available at the top of Mill Street near the Ross head frame. This site could be prepared for building by relocating or demolishing some homes, and by cutting and grading this hill site to create a level building site.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
The Ross pipe shop is also very convenient to the Ross head frame. We expect to demolish this building and replace it with a new receiving and assembly facility. This new facility would incorporate clean assembly space, convenient to the Ross, the science access to the underground campus.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Demolishing existing structures: The budget provides $500,000 for demolishing existing structures on the Mill Street site and on areas designated for visitor parking.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Though the effective actions mentioned in this work govern expectation values of a single measurement only they give some qualitative informations as far as multiple non-demolishing measurements are concerned.
Quantum-classical crossover in electrodynamics
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