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Definition of Skyscraper


  1. A skysail of a triangular form.
  2. A name for the one of the fancy sails alleged to have been sometimes set above the skysail.
  3. A very tall building.
  4. Hence, anything usually large, high, or excessive.

Skyscraper Quotations

A guided missile corrects its trajectory as it flies, homing in, say, on the heat of a jet plane's exhaust. A great improvement on a simple ballistic shell, it still cannot discriminate particular targets. It could not zero in on a designated New York skyscraper if launched from as far away as Boston.
Richard Dawkins

Like the skyscraper, the automobile, and the motion-picture palace, neon signs once symbolized popular hopes for a new era of technological achievement and commercial abundance. From the 1920s to the 1950s, neon-lit streets pulsed with visual excitement from Vancouver to Miami.
Virginia Postrel

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind.
Ayn Rand

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The skyscraper style first advocated by Louis Sullivan - a tower of strongly vertical character with clear definitions among base, shaft, and crown - has remained remarkably consistent throughout the history of this building type.
Martin Filler
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Skyscraper Translations

skyscraper in French is gratte ciel, gratte-ciel
skyscraper in German is Wolkenkratzer
skyscraper in Italian is grattacielo, grattacielo
skyscraper in Spanish is rascacielos
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