from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Constructed as part of a larger unit; not detachable: a built-in cabinet.
- adj. Forming a permanent or essential element or quality: a built-in escape clause.
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- adj. constructed as a non-detachable part of a larger structure
- adj. being an essential and permanent part of something
- adj. of an included feature that normally comes as an extra
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
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These so-called built-in stabilizers increase the deficit but limit declines of after-tax income and purchasing power, economists Kenneth Arrow, Peter Diamond, William Sharpe, Eric Maskin and Robert Solow wrote.
The second mystery concerns how you have a built-in mechanism that enables you to be moved by something outside your control.
It has held without the built-in assurances provided by a parliamentary system.
So this writing system has a built-in appeal for writers and readers spread over vast areas—say, the entire planet—across which such variations range widely, even wildly.
In Old English, word endings conveyed which creature is doing the biting and which is being bitten, so there was built-in flexibility for word order.
They also feature a bottle opener and built-in carabiner clip.
Even in the U.S. the phone companies offer built-in voice mail for a fee.
Coolest of all, the Atrix transforms into a laptop with the optional LapDoc docking station $300 when purchased with the phone, which boasts a large, 11.6-inch display and full-size keyboard with a built-in battery that Motorola claims delivers up to 6 hours of use without taxing the phone's power supply.
There are built-in structures within government that make things, in some cases, more difficult to innovate than in the private sector.
Imagine if you spent $4,400 to $5,000 for a built-in stainless steel refrigerator and the door fell off.