from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or being a tall building that is equipped with elevators and usually has at least six stories.
  • adjective Having or characterized by high-rise buildings.
  • adjective Relating to or being a bicycle with small wheels, high handlebars, and often a banana-shaped seat.
  • adjective Of or relating to pants with a waistline that rests well above the hips.
  • noun A high-rise building.
  • noun A high-rise bicycle.

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  • noun A tall building, one of many stories.

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  • noun tower consisting of a multistoried building of offices or apartments
  • adjective used of buildings of many stories equipped with elevators; tall


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high + rise


  • A concrete-heavy product of urban renewal in the 1950s and '60s, Southwest Washington is defined by high-rise apartment blocks, federal office buildings, and modernist-looking townhouses and churches.

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  • Environmentalists or preservationists are upset that some important buildings or parts of Moscow have been torn down to put up high-rise, glass steel structures, he said.

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  • With that information, Montgomery police said, they found Davidson at the wheel of her Lexus SUV in the parking garage of her Chevy Chase residence, a high-rise apartment building at 4601 North Park Ave.

    Hit-and-run driver 'did not recall' crash

  • In 2004, the city rezoned the area to pave the way for high-rise residential buildings and to upgrade its retail corridors.

    24/7 in Downtown Brooklyn

  • CAIRO Reuters - Ahmed al-Shahat clambered up the facade of Israel's high-rise Cairo embassy, scaling over 21 floors, to pull down the flag of the Jewish state and replace it with Egypt's national colors.

    In new Egypt, foreign policy not just for diplomats

  • The vehicle police were investigating was tracked to a high-rise apartment building in Chevy Chase, Channel 4 reported.

    Woman dead in Dupont hit-and-run

  • Mr. Metcalf: We should create a zone for [commercial] high-rise expansion next to downtown San Francisco in [the South of Market neighborhood] to channel jobs away from suburban office parks.

    In Defense of Robust Cities

  • "Vancouver invented a gracious form of high-rise residential living, with narrow towers surrounded by town-homes and wonderful attention paid to the streetscape."

    In Defense of Robust Cities

  • Within two years there were laws about automatic sprinklers in high-rise buildings, mandatory fire drills in large businesses, requirements for doors being unlocked and swinging outward.


  • Steel-frame "earthquake-proof" buildings suffered severe damage, resulting in new design and construction standards for high-rise buildings.

    California Looks to Update Quake Plans


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