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1. A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size.
2. An elaborate conceptual structure: observations that provided the foundation for the edifice of evolutionary theory.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre, to build : aedis, a building + -ficāre, -fy.]
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1. a building, esp a large or imposing one
2. a complex or elaborate institution or organization
[C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify]
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ed•i•fice(ˈɛd ə fɪs)
1. a building, esp. a large or imposing one.
2. any large, complex system or organization.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium=aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium1]
ed`i•fi′cial (-ˈfɪʃ əl) adj.
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|Noun||1.||edifice - 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"|
antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall - a large entrance or reception room or area
architecture - an architectural product or work
bowling alley - a building that contains several alleys for bowling
center, centre - a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
chapterhouse - a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter
quoin, corner - (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
nook, corner - an interior angle formed by two meeting walls; "a piano was in one corner of the room"
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
courtyard, court - an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
cullis - a gutter in a roof
dorm, dormitory, residence hall, student residence, hall - a college or university building containing living quarters for students
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
farm building - a building on a farm
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
storey, floor, story, level - a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; "what level is the office on?"
foundation stone - a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the founding of a new building
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)
government building - a building that houses a branch of government
glasshouse, greenhouse, nursery - a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
hall - a large building for meetings or entertainment
hall - a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research; "halls of learning"
Hall of Fame - a building containing trophies honoring famous people
heating plant, heating system, heating, heat - utility to warm a building; "the heating system wasn't working"; "they have radiant heating"
hotel - a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
house - a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families; "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she had to get out of the house"
house - a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they had a large carriage house"
interior door - a door that closes off rooms within a building
library - a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
ministry - building where the business of a government department is transacted
dead room, morgue, mortuary - a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
observatory - a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena
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noun building, house, structure, construction, pile, erection, habitation a list of historical edifices she must not fail to visit
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edifice[ˈedɪfɪs] N (frm) → edificio m (imponente)
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edifice[ˈɛdɪfɪs] n → édifice m
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Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a building. The new cathedral is a magnificent edifice. gebou صَرْح، بِنايَه здание edifício budova, stavba das Gebäude bygningsværk οικοδόμημαedificio ehitis ساختمان؛ عمارت rakennus édifice בִּניָן भवन zgrada, građevina épület bangunan bygging edificio 大建築物 건물 pastatas, statinys celtne; ēka tersergam gebouwbyggverk, bygninggmach ماڼۍ، ودانۍ edifício edificiu сооружение budova, stavba poslopje građevina byggnadsverk ตึก; อาคาร; คฤหาสน์; สิ่งปลูกสร้างที่ใหญ่โต görkemli bina 大廈(常指宏偉的建築物) будівля, споруда عمارت dinh thự 大厦，大建筑物
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