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Meaning of Building

Anything erected by art, and fixed upon or in the soil, composed of different pieces connected together and designed for permanent use in the position in which it is so fixed. A fabric or edifice designed to stand more or less permanently, enclosing a space within its walls, and usually, but not necessarily, covered with a roof.

Building Alternative Definition

An edifice erected by art and fixed upon or over the soil, composed of stone, brick, marble, wood, or other proper substance, connected together, and designed for use in the position in which it is so fixed. Taken in its broadest sense, it can mean only an erection intended for use and occupation as a habitation, or for some purpose of trade, ornament, or use. 13 Gray (Mass.) 312. A bridge (11 Wis. 119), a floating dock (2 Vroom [N. J.] 477) , seats or platforms in a park (55 Cal. 159; 39 Conn. 41) have been held not to be buildings, while an unfinished house (L. R. 1 C. C. 338), a stable (94 I 111. 456), a church (10 Pa. 413) are buildings.

Synonyms of Building

(Business of assembling), noun

  • aedificatio
  • amalgamation
  • architecture
  • arrangement
  • assembling
  • causation
  • collocation
  • compilation
  • composition
  • compounding
  • conformation
  • conjunction
  • constitution
  • construction
  • contriving
  • craftsmanship
  • creating
  • design
  • development
  • devising
  • effectuation
  • efformation
  • engineering
  • establishment
  • fabrication
  • fashioning
  • formation
  • formulation
  • foundation
  • framing
  • grouping
  • handiwork
  • implementation
  • incorporation
  • industry
  • installation
  • institution
  • interrelation
  • making
  • manufacture
  • organization
  • origination
  • plan
  • préfabrication
  • preparation
  • production
  • shaping
  • structuring
  • synthesis
  • Associated Concepts: building for a particular use foreign phrases: Aedificare in tuoproprio solo non licet quod alteri noceat
  • It is not lawful to build upon one”s own land what may injure another

(Structure), noun

  • abiding place
  • abode
  • address
  • aedificium
  • boardinghouse
  • construction
  • domicile
  • domus
  • dulce domum
  • dwelling
  • dwelling place
  • edifice
  • elevation
  • erection
  • establishment
  • fabric
  • frame
  • framework
  • habitat
  • habitation
  • headquarters
  • home
  • homestead
  • house
  • institute
  • living quarters
  • lodging
  • lodging house
  • lodging place
  • lodgings
  • lodgment
  • piece of architecture
  • place
  • place of habitation
  • premises
  • quarters
  • residence
  • shelter
  • site
  • station
  • superstructure Associated Concepts: building and construction contracts
  • building code
  • building contract
  • building inspector
  • building laws
  • building lien
  • building lines
  • building loan
  • building loan mortgage
  • building material
  • building or other improvement
  • building permit
  • building purposes
  • building restriction
  • building site
  • building superintendent
  • building trades

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Appraiser, Architect, Arson, Certificate Of Occupancy, Church, Co-operative, Co-operative Apartment:, Commonwealth, Condominium, Construct, Construction, Contract, , Curtilage, Depot, Duplex House, Egress, Enter, Estoppel, Factory, Firewall, , Garage, Ground-rent, House, Husting, Invitee, , , Material Man, Means, Mechanic”s Lien, , Museum, Party Wall, Place, Post Office, Premises, Reasonable Cause, Rooming House, , Specification, Stop Order, Subcontractor, Tenement, Timber, Trespass.

What does Building mean in American Law?

The definition of Building in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

Any more or less permanent structure designed to enclose persons, animals, or things. So broad is the term that when its interpretation is legally significant, one must rely on context and apparent intent. For mechanics lien purposes, e.g., a foundation without more has been held a “building,” and a wall may be a “building” within the intent of a restrictive covenant.


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