• WordNet 3.6
    • n demolition the act of demolishing
    • n demolition an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Demolition The act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying a pile or structure; destruction by violence; utter overthrow; -- opposed to construction; as, the demolition of a house, of military works, of a town, or of hopes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demolition The act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying, as a structure; hence, destruction or ruin in general: as, the demolition of a house or of military works; the demolition of a theory.
    • n demolition In French law, abatement; annulment: as, an action in demolition of a servitude or a nuisance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Demolition act of pulling down: ruin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. demolitio, fr. demoliri,: cf. F. démolition,. See Demolish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. démolir—L. demolīri, to throw down—de, down, and molīri, to build—moles, a heap.


In literature:

The curtain was drawn over the scene of demolition.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Result (Hollerith hoped): demolition, confusion, catastrophe.
"The Man Who Played to Lose" by Laurence Mark Janifer
After the demolition of his convent and church he returned to Manila, arriving there on May 26, 1650.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493–1898, Volume XXXVI, 1649–1666" by Various
Then the work of demolition commenced.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
This old prison had just been put out of commission by a royal ordinance which decreed its demolition.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
Several times, at the solicitation of the Protestants, the government ordered its demolition.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
We were ordered onto demolition work, being as we was still classed as non-combatants.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
A recent writer raises the inquiry, whether the community would not gain in health by the demolition of all dwelling-houses.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The demolition began with vigour in 1864.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
After this decisive conflict the period of reconstruction or rather the period of demolition, began auspiciously.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

In news:

"Demolition" by Yvonne Twining Humber, 1948.
Think of the dock's demolition as a concrete pound cake being sliced with a cable instead of a knife.
Demolition is scheduled for tomorrow, June 28, 2008.
The former Ohio Edison Mad River Power Plant's 275-foot smoke stack crushes surrounding buildings as it falls the wrong way during its demolition Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010.
Spectators smothered in dust after demolition.
Judge Allows for Demolition of St Nick's Church.
Rumors surfaced months ago about the staircase 's pending demolition.
ST LOUIS — Two demolition workers are hospitalized after a stairwell collapsed at the site of an apartment building fire in St Louis.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, The demolition of Robson's former sales office in SaddleBrooke began last week, making room for 10 new housing lots, six of which have already been sold.
Nicki Minaj, Demolition String Band and more.
More Substandard Apartment Demolitions Click to enlarge.
Two workers at the DuPont Co. Plant in Belle were transported to a local hospital Tuesday after sulfuric acid sprayed from a hose during the demolition of the facility's sulfuric acid production unit, officials said.
Demolition work is slated to begin the week of Jan 30 and will be completed by the end of February.
Long-Shot Alternative to Demolition: Tappan Zee as a Walkers' Haven.
Demolition of a commemorative walkway at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge started Wednesday, angering some who thought the bricks they bought and inscribed with the names of loved ones would be permanent.

In science:

Low loss Kerr media will have many uses in addition to making cat states such as non-demolition photon counting and a controlled-phase quantum logic gate for single photon qubits.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Conditionial Schr¨odinger cats generation and detection by quantum non-demolition measurements.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
The scheme uses a quantum non-demolition matter-light interface, first, to map the observable of interest on the many body system into the light and, then, to store coherently such information into an external system acting as a quantum memory.
Quantum Memory Assisted Probing of Dynamical Spin Correlations
Violation of the inequality (4.7) implies demolition of HV or of JD (2.5) in the state ψ .
Inequalities for experimental tests of the Kochen-Specker theorem
This implies demolition of HV or of JD (2.5) in the state |Ψi.
Inequalities for experimental tests of the Kochen-Specker theorem