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

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

The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.
Roland Barthes

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

One argument against open systems is that they become open to everything, good and bad. Like a Richard Meier skyscraper, the anal retentive, Bauhaus elegance of the Mac does prevent the loose ends and confusion of a less sterile environment. But it also prevents fertility. Apple's development must come from within.
Douglas Rushkoff
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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