What does the word demolition mean?

Usage examples for demolition

  1. Angelo D. Cassanova became the pastor of the parish church at Monterey, and though Serra's home Mission was then a complete mass of ruins, he determined upon its preservation, at least from further demolition. – The Old Franciscan Missions Of California by George Wharton James
  2. As it is evident that their demolition was produced by the butcher's pole- axe, why not that of the elk- skulls? – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  3. In place of the splendid cathedral, whose nave collapsed, causing the demolition of the whole building in 1799, there is a new church with the two great western towers only carried up to half the height intended for them. – Normandy, Complete The Scenery & Romance Of Its Ancient Towns by Gordon Home