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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.
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

Doing a house is so much harder than doing a skyscraper.
Philip Johnson

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

I am sure that as a woman I can do a very good skyscraper.
Zaha Hadid

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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