from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of amassing or increasing: a military buildup; a buildup of tension during the strike.
- n. The result of building up: a pipe clogged by rust buildup.
- n. Widely favorable publicity, especially by a systematic campaign: The new movie was given a tremendous buildup in the media.
- n. Extravagant praise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An accumulation; an increase; a gradual development.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the act of building up an accumulation.
- n. the events, such as advertising or publicity, causing increased interest in some coming event.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the result of the process of accumulation
- n. highly favorable publicity and praise
- n. the act of building up an accumulation
- v. enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
- v. change the use of and make available or usable
- v. prepare oneself for a military confrontation
- v. form or accumulate steadily
- v. bolster or strengthen
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Actually, I think Obama's Afghan troop buildup is entirely practical – he's in a tough spot due to the terrible policies of the last administration and is finally putting our forces closer to where they need to be, not manufacturing evidence and making something out of nothing as Bush did with Iraq.
In India, Pakistan 's weapons buildup is widely viewed as a security risk.
Furthermore, Iran's current military buildup is based primarily on the perceived need to respond to the threatened US attack against that country, a concern made all the more real by the US invasion and occupation of two countries bordering Iran on both its east and west in recent years.
BP interfered with critical efforts to lower an undersea robot to try to close the device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill because of concerns over heat buildup from the burning rig, a salvage firm executive said Monday.
Drama buildup is impeccable, despite the length of this three part series.
Who made enormous profits from the $4 Trillion the US subsequently spent on arms buildup is left as an exercise for the reader – as is the question of where CIA executives went when they retired and went looking for a nice, well-paying corporate sinecure.
"The buildup is excruciatingly slowthink bad Dostoyevskyand the protagonist so unsympathetic that it's difficult to care about his quandaries."
I pointed out that using non-biodegradable things to do our experiment defeated the purpose of learning that the greenhouse buildup is bad.
Obama said the buildup from the 68,000 U.S. troops now on the ground begins immediately.
The U.S. military buildup is "about partnering and mentoring just as much if not more than it is about fighting."
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