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

  • transitive v. To manufacture (a building or section of a building, for example) in advance, especially in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled.
  • transitive v. To make up, construct, or develop in an artificial, unoriginal, or stereotypic manner.

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  • v. To manufacture something, especially a building, in standard components that can be fitted together on site

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  • v. produce synthetically, artificially, or stereotypically and unoriginally
  • v. to manufacture sections of (a building), especially in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site of buildings


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