n 1: constitution of the human body [syn: physique
2: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body
, material body
v 1: make by combining materials and parts: "this little pig made
his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an
electric brassiere warmer" [syn: construct
2: form steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up
quickly" [syn: build up
, work up
3: build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
4: improve the cleansing action of; build detergents"
5: order, supervise, or finance the construction of; "The
government is building new schools in this state"
6: give form to, according to a plan; "build a modern nation";
"build a million-dollar business"
7: be engaged in building; "These architects build in
interesting and new styles"
8: found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the
accused person's reputation"
9: increase or strengthen gradually; "This investment is
building interest"; "We worked up courage" [syn: build up
10: develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the
beginning of the opera"