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a built-in/fitted cupboardBritish English (= ones that are there permanently and cannot be moved)
▪ The kitchen has built-in cupboards.
fitted/built-in wardrobes (=wardrobes built against a wall or fitted between two walls)
▪ There are built-in cupboards and shelves; larders and bright and fairly spacious sculleries.
▪ By the shelf was a built-in cupboard but everything else she saw was familiar.
▪ Happiness was an inside lavatory and built-in cupboards.
▪ His Dad was opening the door of a built-in cupboard.
▪ The bath panel and built-in cupboards are also panelled to match the wardrobes of Lisa and Andrew's bedroom.
▪ One end of the room was entirely taken up by built-in cupboards full of books, photographs and racing trophies prominently displayed.
▪ So they followed their cousins in the car industry and made their buildings with built-in obsolescence.
▪ There was the bed, of course, he could be cowering under it, or maybe in the spacious built-in wardrobe.
▪ They had built-in wardrobes in all bedrooms and a whole-house mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery.
planned/built-in obsolescence
▪ So they followed their cousins in the car industry and made their buildings with built-in obsolescence.
▪ The camera has a built-in flash.
▪ Anti-corrosion should be built-in from the start.
▪ Armoires had built-in tie racks; desk chairs folded down to fit in a home-office unit.
▪ Controlled by a hand-held remote with a small built-in keyboard, it would be used to browse the World Wide Web.
▪ Fortunately, being a nurse, she had the built-in weakness for the sick that belongs to all nurses.
▪ Her answers range from laminated boxes and wall-mounted baskets to built-in cabinets and architectural alterations.
▪ Not for them the £120,000 customised horse-boxes around them with built-in kitchens, television and sleeping accommodation.
▪ Their measurements are less than those of standard ovens, although built-in models are the same width as built-in conventional ovens.

a. 1 constructed as a non-detachable part of a larger structure 2 being an essential and permanent part of something 3 being an included feature that normally comes as an extra n. Anything (such as a piece of furniture, or a software feature) that is built in, not added as an extra.


adj. existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity"; "a constitutional inability to tell the truth" [syn: constitutional, inbuilt, inherent, integral]


Built-in, builtin, or built in may more specifically refer to:

  • Built-in account
  • Built-in behavior
  • Built-in furniture
  • Built-in inflation, a type of inflation that results from past events and persists in the present
  • Built-in obsolescence
  • Built-in self-test, a mechanism that permits a machine to test itself
  • Built-in stabiliser
  • Built-in type
  • Shell builtin, a command or a function executed directly in the shell itself
  • Builtin function, another name for Intrinsic function

Usage examples of "built-in".

There was nothing threatening about her presence and nothing outright illegal about what they were doing, but Andi purposefully neglected to put in the cassette--she left the headphones on the table and flicked the switch for its built-in speaker.

Finn led the way, surprisingly catfooted for such a bulky, clumsy-looking man, his HK54A2 with the drum mag and built-in silencer in his beefy hands.

Despacio had been one of the few free converts who did not have a built-in expiration date written into his coding.

The girl was sitting on a built-in cucking stool at one end of the cage.

To the left of the door was an Eastlake cabinet with a retractable tin counter and a built-in flour bin and sifter.

The implications were staggering: a built-in mechanism existed to correct frameshifts, a built-in way of keeping certain fully functional bits of the genetic code from becoming active.

A houseboy or something in a turtleneck and whipcord trousers answered the door of a gray stone house on the edge of the nearby town and showed me into a room paneled in fruitwood with potted plants on the built-in shelves.

Tom slipped the garrote from his pocket, disposed of the man without trouble, took his keys, and manhandled the limp body into the bottom cabinet of a built-in china hutch where nobody was likely to look.

Unfortunately his hands must be restrained so that he may not assault the gaolers with his built-in weaponry.

Except that people tend to figure out how they think they should stand and move, rather than trusting their built-in mechanism, their kinesthetic sense.

I announced, supported by facts I felt no need to produce, that we were pitched in a final footrace, not between Manichaean political ideologies but between inventiveness and built-in insanity.

In the living room the walls are covered with paintings, the best of the current crop, and the mantel, coffee table, Directoire Palissandre table, Louis XVI Harlequin table and built-in shelves between the windows are covered with sculpture: a tiny gold wire horse, little greened-copper figures, things that look like icicles and sand castles of brass.

They had internal armor, steelmesh under their skin, servomotors in their muscles, inhuman speed, and built-in disrupters.

Also, as Khaki was an Arab from one of those sheikdoms that Washington was always trying to reach on the sly, he had certain built-in protections that came when the government concluded back-channel negotiations with politically unpopular people.

And there were built-in shutoffs if the emotional surge threatened body-health.