edifice

Edifice means a building, but it doesn't mean just any building. To merit being called an edifice, a building must be important. A mini temple can be an edifice, or a towering sky scraper.

The meaning of edifice has expanded to include a system of ideas––when it is complicated enough to be considered to have walls and a roof, then it is an edifice. You could say that basic facts of addition and subtraction are the foundation on which the edifice of higher math rests.

Definitions of edifice
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n a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

“it was an imposing edifice
Synonyms:
building
Examples:
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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
Alhambra
a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
Artemision at Ephesus
the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
Augean stables
(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
Capitol Building
the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
Chartres Cathedral
a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
Empire State Building
a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
Caaba
(Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
Lateran Palace
a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
National Baseball Hall of Fame
a Hall of Fame and museum in Cooperstown, New York, honoring great baseball players
United States National Library of Medicine
the world's largest medical library
Parthenon
the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture
Pentagon
a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense
Petronas Towers
twin skyscrapers built in Kuala Lumpur in 1997; 1482 feet high
Sears Tower
a skyscraper built in Chicago in 1974; 1454 feet tall
Sistine Chapel
the private chapel of the popes in Rome; it was built by and named after Sixtus IV in 1473
Mormon Tabernacle
the Mormon temple
Oracle of Apollo
(Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
Temple of Artemis
a large temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Temple of Jerusalem
any of three successive temples in Jerusalem that served as the primary center for Jewish worship; the first temple contained the Ark of the Covenant and was built by Solomon in the 10th century BC and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC; the second was built in 515 BC and the third was an enlargement by Herod the Great in 20 BC that was destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt in AD 70; all that remains is the Wailing Wall
Tower of Babel
(Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
Tuileries Palace
palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
Vatican Palace
the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
Palace of Versailles
a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
White House
the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
World Trade Center
twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
Mount Vernon
the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
Westminster Abbey
a famous Gothic church of St. Peter in Westminster, London on the site of a former Benedictine monastery
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abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse
a building where animals are butchered
apartment building, apartment house
a building that is divided into apartments
architecture
an architectural product or work
aviary, bird sanctuary, volary
a building where birds are kept
bathhouse, bathing machine
a building containing dressing rooms for bathers
bowling alley
a building that contains several alleys for bowling
center, centre
a building dedicated to a particular activity
chapterhouse
a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter
club, clubhouse
a building that is occupied by a social club
dorm, dormitory, hall, residence hall, student residence
a college or university building containing living quarters for students
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
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)
gazebo, summerhouse
a small roofed building affording shade and rest
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
Hall of Fame
a building containing trophies honoring famous people
hotel
a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
casino-hotel, hotel-casino
a building that houses both a hotel and a casino
house
a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
house
a building in which something is sheltered or located
library
a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
health facility, healthcare facility, medical building
building where medicine is practiced
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
office block, office building
a building containing offices where work is done
opium den
a building where opium is sold and used
outbuilding
a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building
packinghouse
a building where foodstuffs are processed and packed
house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship
any building where congregations gather for prayer
planetarium
a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling
presbytery
building reserved for the officiating clergy
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant
a building where people go to eat
rest house
a building used for shelter by travelers (especially in areas where there are no hotels)
rink, skating rink
building that contains a surface for ice skating or roller skating
Roman building
a building constructed by the ancient Romans
rotunda
a building having a circular plan and a dome
ruin
a ruined building
school, schoolhouse
a building where young people receive education
shooting gallery
a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin
signal box, signal tower
a building from which signals are sent to control the movements of railway trains
skyscraper
a very tall building with many stories
student union
a building on a college campus dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body
tap house, tavern
a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
telco building, telecom hotel
a building that houses telecommunications equipment
temple
an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
house, theater, theatre
a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
bagnio, bawdyhouse, bordello, brothel, cathouse, house of ill repute, house of prostitution, sporting house
a building where prostitutes are available
arena theater, theater in the round
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
barn
an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
Roman basilica, basilica
a Roman building used for public administration
bagnio, bathhouse
a building containing public baths
beach house
a house built on or near a beach
beer garden
tavern with an outdoor area (usually resembling a garden) where beer and other alcoholic drinks are served
belvedere
a gazebo sited to command a fine view
bethel
a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
bistro
a small informal restaurant; serves wine
boarding house, boardinghouse
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
brasserie
a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
brewpub
a combination brewery and restaurant; beer is brewed for consumption on the premises and served along with food
bucket shop
(formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket
bungalow, cottage
a small house with a single story
burn center
a center where patients with severe burns can be treated
cabin
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
cafe, coffee bar, coffee shop, coffeehouse
a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold
cafeteria
a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier
call center, call centre
a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
canteen
restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
canteen, mobile canteen
a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen
capitol
a building occupied by a state legislature
casino, gambling casino
a public building for gambling and entertainment
chalet
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
chancellery
a government building housing the office of a chancellor
chapel
a place of worship that has its own altar
chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
chicken coop, coop, hencoop, henhouse
a farm building for housing poultry
church, church building
a place for public (especially Christian) worship
cinema, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace
a theater where films are shown
city hall
a building that houses administrative offices of a municipal government
clinic
a healthcare facility for outpatient care
carriage house, coach house, remise
a small building for housing coaches and carriages and other vehicles
civic center, community center
a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities
conference center, conference house
a center where conferences can be conducted
conservatory, hothouse, indoor garden
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
conservatoire, conservatory
a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts
control center
the operational center for a group of related activities
conventicle, meetinghouse
a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
country house
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
courthouse
a building that houses judicial courts
courthouse
a government building that houses the offices of a county government
crematorium, crematory
a mortuary where corpses are cremated
customhouse, customshouse
a government building where customs are collected and where ships are cleared to enter or leave the country
day school
a school building without boarding facilities
detached house, single dwelling
a house that stands alone
diner
a restaurant that resembles a dining car
dinner theater, dinner theatre
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
diplomatic building
government building in which diplomats live or work
doll's house, dollhouse
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
a house with two units sharing a common wall
farmhouse
house for a farmer and family
field house, sports arena
a building for indoor sports
fleabag
a run-down hotel
funeral chapel, funeral church, funeral home, funeral parlor, funeral parlour, funeral-residence
a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects
garage
an outbuilding (or part of a building) for housing automobiles
gatehouse
a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
greasy spoon
a small restaurant specializing in short-order fried foods
grill, grillroom
a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill
guesthouse
a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
guildhall
the hall of a guild or corporation
hacienda
the main house on a ranch or large estate
hall of residence
a university dormitory
hash house
an inexpensive restaurant
home theater, home theatre
television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
hospital, infirmary
a health facility where patients receive treatment
auberge, hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge
a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
icehouse
a house for storing ice
ice, ice rink, ice-skating rink
a rink with a floor of ice for ice hockey or ice skating
dog house, doghouse, kennel
outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
little theater, little theatre
a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
hunting lodge, lodge
a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
lodging house, rooming house
a house where rooms are rented
lunchroom
a restaurant (in a facility) where lunch can be purchased
lyceum
a public hall for lectures and concerts
maisonette, maisonnette
a small house
hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
a large and imposing house
masjid, musjid
(Islam) a Muslim place of worship
massage parlor
a place where illicit sex is available under the guise of therapeutic massage
meat house
a small house (on a farm) where meat is stored
mosque
(Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret
court, motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court
a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre
a theater in which vaudeville is staged
oast house
a building containing an oast (a kiln for drying hops); usually has a conical or pyramidal roof
opera, opera house
a building where musical dramas are performed
earth-closet, jakes, outhouse, privy
a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
gin mill, pothouse, pub, public house, saloon, taphouse
tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
pump house, pumping station
a house where pumps (e.g. to irrigate) are installed and operated
ranch house
a one story house with a low pitched roof
rathskeller
a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall
research center, research facility
a center where research is done
residence
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
resort hotel, spa
a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area
Ritz
an ostentatiously elegant hotel
rotisserie
a restaurant that specializes in roasted and barbecued meats
row house, town house
a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
safe house
a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
saltbox
a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
service club
a recreational center for servicemen
settlement house
a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services
shed
an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage
shrine
a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person
ski lodge
a hotel at a ski resort
meat house, smokehouse
a small house where smoke is used to cure meat or fish
adobe house, sod house, soddy
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
solar house
a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
horse barn, stable, stalls
a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
stash house
a house where weapons and supplies are hidden
Statehouse
a government building in which a state legislature meets
chophouse, steakhouse
a restaurant that specializes in steaks
student center
a center for student activities at a college or university
synagogue, tabernacle, temple
(Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
tea parlor, tea parlour, teahouse, tearoom, teashop
a restaurant where tea and light meals are available
temple
place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
tenement, tenement house
a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
town hall
a government building that houses administrative offices of a town government
tract house
one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
villa
detached or semidetached suburban house
walk-up
an apartment building without an elevator
ziggurat, zikkurat, zikurat
a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
shebeen
unlicensed drinking establishment
holiday resort, resort, resort hotel
a hotel located in a resort area
orangery
a place where oranges are grown; a plantation of orange trees in warm climes or a greenhouse in cooler areas
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construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

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