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.
Build v. t. [imp. & p. p. Built p. pr. & vb. n. Building. The regular imp. & p. p. Builded is antiquated.]
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.
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"
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"
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
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
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).