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 Dictionary entry overview: What does edifice mean? 

EDIFICE (noun)
  The noun EDIFICE has 1 sense:

1. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

  Familiarity information: EDIFICE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

EDIFICE (noun)

Sense 1edifice [BACK TO TOP]


A structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


building; edifice

Context examples:

there was a three-story building on the corner / it was an imposing edifice

Hypernyms ("edifice" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Meronyms (parts of "edifice"):

annex; annexe; extension; wing (an addition that extends a main building)

roof (a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building)

room (an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling)

scantling; stud (an upright in house framing)

shaft (a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator))

frame; skeletal frame; skeleton; underframe (the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape)

staircase; stairway (a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps)

upstairs (the part of a building above the ground floor)

wall (an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure)

window (a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air)

interior door (a door that closes off rooms within a building)

heat; heating; heating plant; heating system (utility to warm a building)

foundation stone (a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the founding of a new building)

antechamber; anteroom; entrance hall; foyer; hall; lobby; vestibule (a large entrance or reception room or area)

corner; quoin ((architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone)

corner; nook (an interior angle formed be two meeting walls)

cornerstone (a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls)

cornerstone (a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies)

court; courtyard (an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings)

cullis (a gutter in a roof)

elevator; lift (lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building)

exterior door; outside door (a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building)

floor; level; storey; story (a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale)

crawl space; crawlspace (low space beneath a floor of a building; gives workers access to wiring or plumbing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "edifice"):

bagnio; bawdyhouse; bordello; brothel; cathouse; house of ill repute; house of prostitution; sporting house; whorehouse (a building where prostitutes are available)

rest house (a building used for shelter by travelers (especially in areas where there are no hotels))

eating house; eating place; restaurant (a building where people go to eat)

presbytery (building reserved for the officiating clergy)

planetarium (a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling)

house of God; house of prayer; house of worship; place of worship (any building where congregations gather for prayer)

packinghouse (a building where foodstuffs are processed and packed)

outbuilding (a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building)

opium den (a building where opium is sold and used)

office block; office building (a building containing offices where work is done)

observatory (a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena)

dead room; morgue; mortuary (a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation)

rink; skating rink (building that contains a surface for ice skating or roller skating)

Roman building (a building constructed by the ancient Romans)

house; theater; theatre (a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented)

temple (an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes)

telco building; telecom hotel (a building that houses telecommunications equipment)

tap house; tavern (a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks)

student union (a building on a college campus dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body)

skyscraper (a very tall building with many stories)

signal box (a building from which signals are sent to control the movements of railway trains)

shooting gallery (a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin)

school; schoolhouse (a building where young people receive education)

ruin (a ruined building)

rotunda (a building having a circular plan and a dome)

ministry (building where the business of a government department is transacted)

health facility; healthcare facility; medical building (building where medicine is practiced)

library (a building that houses a collection of books and other materials)

farm building (a building on a farm)

dorm; dormitory; hall; residence hall; student residence (a college or university building containing living quarters for students)

club; clubhouse (a building that is occupied by a social club)

chapterhouse (a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter)

center; centre (a building dedicated to a particular activity)

bowling alley (a building that contains several alleys for bowling)

bathhouse; bathing machine (a building containing dressing rooms for bathers)

aviary; bird sanctuary; volary (a building where birds are kept)

architecture (an architectural product or work)

apartment building; apartment house (a building that is divided into apartments)

abattoir; butchery; shambles; slaughterhouse (a building where animals are butchered)

feedlot (a building where livestock are fattened for market)

firetrap (a building that would be hard to escape from if it were to catch fire)

gambling den; gambling hell; gambling house; gaming house (a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business))

house (a building in which something is sheltered or located)

house (a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families)

casino-hotel; hotel-casino (a building that houses both a hotel and a casino)

hotel (a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services)

Hall of Fame (a building containing trophies honoring famous people)

hall (a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research)

hall (a large building for meetings or entertainment)

glasshouse; greenhouse; nursery (a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions)

government building (a building that houses a branch of government)

gazebo; summerhouse (a small roofed building affording shade and rest)

Instance hyponyms:

Independence Hall (the building in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed)

Houses of Parliament (the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet)

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