from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Built according to the specifications of the buyer.

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  • adj. Built according to the specifications of a particular individual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. built for a particular individual
  • n. an item made to the customer's specifications


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  • Grace rode in a custom-built Cadillac limousine, and he bought some of the most prestigious real estate in Manhattan, including the El Dorado on Central Park West, which was then the tallest apartment building in the world.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • A visit to a bedroom on the ground floor takes in a nearby custom-built sauna and an enormous, sculptural sofa, commissioned from the Brazilian design duo Humberto and Fernando Campana.

    The Luxury of Space and Silence in Stockholm

  • The Bush administration custom-built a high-security facility at Guantanamo Bay that houses 15 high-value detainees, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Panetta outlines plan for bin Laden's detention if al-Qaeda leader is captured

  • Krisanne Johnson for The Wall Street Journal Ms. Noriega, who works in sales at Cond é Nast, had a bed custom-built to match a similar one she saw at Anthropologie.

    Magazine-Inspired FiDi Condo

  • Comprised of multiple cameras and sensors on a custom-built rolling platform, the Paparazzi Bots move at the speed of a walking human.

    Paparazzi bots « One Size Fits One

  • He was an eligible bachelor with plenty of money and a beautiful custom-built home.

    Fatal Error

  • [The album] was recorded on a custom-built 8 track recorder [...] using numerous takes and overdubs.

    Sugar and spice and all things neurobiological

  • Pulled from the mine one by one in a custom-built capsule, the miners emerged as international celebrities, complete with high-end sunglasses that doctors said were hardly necessary to protect their eyes from sun and work lights after months in darkness.

    Chile Miners Return For Mass Near Rescue Site

  • Executive power issues are practically custom-built for hypocrisy and promise-breaking.

    Matthew Yglesias » Dimming Sunshine

  • Quentin Bertoux Jean-Claude Ellena He composes fragrances at his own pace in his private lab, housed in a contemporary split-level glass-walled villa that was custom-built for him by Hermès.

    A French Perfumer's Seductive Sense


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