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Demolition \Dem`o*li"tion\ (?; 277), n. [L. demolitio, fr. demoliri: cf. F. d['e]molition. See Demolish.] 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Old French demolition (14c.) "demolition; defeat, rout," from Latin demolitionem (nominative demolitio), noun of action from past participle stem of demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, American English, defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."


n. the action of demolishing or destroying, in particular of buildings or other structures

  1. n. an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something [syn: destruction, wipeout]

  2. the act of demolishing

Demolition (Ryan Adams album)

Demolition is the third studio album by alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released on September 24, 2002 on Lost Highway. The album comprises tracks from Adams' unreleased studio albums, The Suicide Handbook, The Pinkheart Sessions and 48 Hours, as well as "You Will Always Be The Same" from The Stockholm Sessions. In 2009, Adams stated: "I don’t much care for this record. The rock songs are plodding and the quiet songs belonged to better records [...] to make Gold as a compromise then to have to watch those records get broken up for Demolition was heartbreaking."

Demolition (disambiguation)

Demolition is the tearing-down of buildings and other structures.

Demolition may also refer to:

  • Demolition (1978 film), Australian TV film
  • Demolition (2015 film), an American film starring Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Demolition (Dungeon album)
  • Demolition (Girlschool album)
  • Demolition (Judas Priest album)
  • Demolition (Ryan Adams album)
  • Demolition (professional wrestling), a tag team
  • Demolition (TV series), a 2005 UK programme
  • "Demolition" (The Young Ones), an episode of The Young Ones
  • Demolition derby
  • Demolition Records
Demolition (professional wrestling)

Demolition is a professional wrestling tag team most prominent during the late 1980s and early 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) made up of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later Crush (Brian Adams). In WWF, Demolition were three-time Tag Team Champions, and hold the records for both the single longest tag title reign and the most combined days as reigning champions. Beginning in 2007, Ax and Smash reunited for several appearances at various independent shows and legends conventions.

Demolition (Judas Priest album)

Demolition is the fourteenth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, the first in the decade of the 2000s. It is the second and final studio album to feature Tim 'Ripper' Owens on vocals. It is the only Judas Priest studio album to feature a Parental Advisory label due to some songs featuring profanity: "Machine Man," "Hell Is Home" and "Metal Messiah" all carry explicit markings on the album's iTunes page.

Demolition (The Young Ones)

"Demolition" was the pilot episode for British sitcom The Young Ones. It was written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, and directed by Paul Jackson. Although made as a pilot episode, the five subsequent episodes had been commissioned and recorded by the time of broadcast, so instead "Demolition" was promoted to the ordinary first episode of a series, and has remained as so. It was first aired on BBC2 on 9 November 1982.

Demolition (Vektor album)

Demolition is the first full-length demo recorded by the thrash metal band Vektor. Although a self-released demo, it is occasionally regarded as the band's first full-length album, due to its 48-minute length. "Moonbase" is the only non-instrumental or interlude track without a revised version appearing on either of the band's first or second albums, Black Future and Outer Isolation.

Demolition (2015 film)

Demolition is a 2015 American drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Bryan Sipe. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, and Judah Lewis. The film opened the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released on April 8, 2016, by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Demolition (TV series)

Demolition is a 2005 television series from Channel 4, which can be seen as being the reverse of the BBC's 2003 series Restoration. The public were encouraged to vote for buildings which they want demolished and replaced, with 12 buildings making The Dirty Dozen.

The show was shown on four days, 17 to 20 December 2005, with the "Dirty Dozen" covered along with other buildings which did not make the final 12, two of which were actually demolished either during or for filming. The show on the 20th dealt almost entirely with Cumbernauld town centre. The show was presented and narrated by Kevin McCloud, with a Demolition Troubleshooter of Janet Street-Porter, and a team of architectural and heritage experts.

The show builds on the concept of X-listing buildings, a proposed status that would be the opposite of a listed building; that is, one formally recognised as unprotected, rather than legally protected from demolition. One of the dirty dozen is Grade II* listed. Many of these buildings are either famous within the UK, or the world.

Demolition (Girlschool album)

Demolition is the first studio album by the British heavy metal band, Girlschool. It was released in Europe on Bronze Records in 1980.

It was produced by experienced sound engineer Vic Maile. Demolition reached No. 28 in the UK Albums Chart, following the rising of the new wave of British heavy metal phenomenon. The tour supporting the album included high-profile support slots to Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep shows.

"Race with the Devil" is a cover of the song originally performed by the British rock band The Gun.

The definitive CD version is considered to be the 2004 CD edition, with bonus tracks and extensive sleevenotes by Record Collector's Joe Geesin, issued by Castle, a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records.

Demolition (Dungeon album)

Demolition was the first album by Australian heavy metal band Dungeon. It featured mainly demo-quality tracks, four of which had been remixed from a previous demo with added bass lines from Justin Sayers and a cover of Blondie's "Call Me". Virgil Donati plays drums on the instrumental track "Changing Moods". This album was only released in Japan and has never been made available anywhere else. "Paradise", "I Am Death" and "Time to Die" would be re-recorded to appear on Resurrection in 1999; a remix of "Call Me" would appear on the limited-release Rising Power in 2003 and "Don't Leave Me" was re-recorded as a bonus track for the band's last album The Final Chapter in 2006.


Demolition is the tearing-down of buildings and other structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for re-use.

For small buildings, such as houses, that are only two or three stories high, demolition is a rather simple process. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers. Larger buildings may require the use of a wrecking ball, a heavy weight on a cable that is swung by a crane into the side of the buildings. Wrecking balls are especially effective against masonry, but are less easily controlled and often less efficient than other methods. Newer methods may use rotational hydraulic shears and silenced rock-breakers attached to excavators to cut or break through wood, steel, and concrete. The use of shears is especially common when flame cutting would be dangerous.

The tallest planned demolition of a building was the 47-story Singer Building in New York City, which was built in 1908 and torn down in 1967–1968 to be replaced by One Liberty Plaza.

Usage examples of "demolition".

In his quarters at the secret, island airdrome, the Demolition Master set the telephone receiver back on its cradle.

The Demolition Master knew he could not erase all traces of the concealed airdrome, but he had no intention of making it easy for the Americans to discover his secrets.

I rigged fuses to a five-kilo demolition block and shoved it far back into the case.

They bombarded Iwo vigorously on 16 and 17 February, evoking no reply from the defenders until seven LCI gunboats, advancing in line abreast to cover the underwater demolition teams, drew a torrent of gunfire.

He mistrusted this salvage business Axel had got involved with, a gang of Brooklynites who after work and on weekends stripped abandoned houses and tenements of copper and lead piping and whatever else of value they could find, under contract to the demolition men.

Having a map of his capital before him, he wished this fine edifice to be in a direct line of perspective with the Luxembourg, to which it should eventually be joined by the demolition of the Carthusian Monastery, which filled a large gap.

Mississippi waters, stayed for the rest of the winter, building for shelter and protection a fort which he named Fort Crevecoeur, not to memorialize his own disheartenments as some hint, but, as we are assured by other historians, to celebrate the demolition of Fort Crevecoeur in the Netherlands by Louis XIV, in which Tonty had participated.

Thankfully, Valerian people loved their demolition derbies and had pitched in.

Bebe was a red Doberman who had gradually gone deaf, perhaps as a result of being too close to a can of TNT thrown at a demolition exercise at Lejeune.

Every Thursday morning the dogs and handlers were exposed to the kinds of explosives that would be encountered in combat, though only demolition experts were allowed to actually handle the explosives.

All there was at Makapuu Head was the lighthouse out on the Point and the one solid rock, and the Engineers across the highway with the pneumatic drills, digging and blasting into the cliff wall where the highway demolition would be.

And across the road the Engineers with their pneumatic drills digging the demolition listened to them sing and watched them enviously, and they knew the Engineers watched them and laughed and sang even more loudly.

Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system, and regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.

British merchants, were all cancelled by the rupture with Spain, and more than recompensed to the nation by a great balance of captures during the war, as well as by the great traffic carried on with the Spanish settlements in the West Indies, after it had been laid open by the demolition of their fortresses.

It will certainly expend ammunition, and if Ka-Somal makes skillful use of his nuclear demolition charges, he may well succeed in inflicting significant damage, which might give Uran a decisive advantage when he finally engages it.