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

  • adj. Indicating or being a multistoried building equipped with elevators: a high-rise apartment building.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or marked by multistoried buildings: a high-rise fire; a high-rise district.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a bicycle with small wheels, a banana-shaped seat, and high handlebars.
  • n. A multistoried building equipped with elevators.
  • n. A high-rise bicycle.

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  • n. A tall building, one of many stories.

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  • n. tower consisting of a multistoried building of offices or apartments
  • adj. used of buildings of many stories equipped with elevators; tall


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high + rise


  • "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

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    The emerging Southwest: Transformation underway

  • 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.

    Former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov Leaves Mixed Legacy


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