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builder

Definitions of builder
  1. noun
    someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building)
    synonyms: constructor
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    boatbuilder
    a person who builds boats
    contractor
    someone (a person or firm) who contracts to build things
    home-builder, homebuilder, house-builder, housebuilder
    someone who builds houses as a business
    jerry-builder
    someone who builds cheap buildings out of poor materials on speculation for a quick profit
    road builder
    someone whose business is to build roads
    ship builder, shipbuilder
    a person who builds ships as a business
    defense contractor
    a contractor concerned with the development and manufacture of systems of defense
    hauler, haulier
    a haulage contractor
    ship-breaker
    a contractor who buys old ships and breaks them up for scrap
    subcontractor
    someone who enters into a subcontract with the primary contractor
    type of:
    contractor
    (law) a party to a contract
  2. noun
    a person who creates a business or who organizes and develops a country
    “empire builder
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    creator
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
  3. noun
    a substance added to soaps or detergents to increase their cleansing action
    synonyms: detergent builder
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    sodium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate
    a sodium salt of pyrophosphoric acid used as a builder in soaps and detergents
    sodium tripolyphosphate
    a sodium salt of triphosphoric acid used as a builder in soaps and detergents
    tribasic sodium phosphate, trisodium orthophosphate, trisodium phosphate
    the tertiary phosphate of sodium used as a builder in soaps and detergents
    type of:
    material, stuff
    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
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