Build–down



a process for reducing armaments, especially the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed.
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Reduce, diminish, as in Owing to increased vigilance, traffic in narcotics is finally building down . This term, the antonym of build up , came into use about 1980 with regard to reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons and soon was applied more widely.

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    to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one’s hopes. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men. to base; found: a relationship built on trust. Games. to make […]

  • Build–into

    to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one’s hopes. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men. to base; found: a relationship built on trust. Games. to make […]



  • Build–on

    to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one’s hopes. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men. to base; found: a relationship built on trust. Games. to make […]

  • Build–up

    a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number. a process of growth; strengthening; development: the buildup of heavy industry. an accumulation, as of a particular type of material: a buildup of salt deposits. an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure: A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie. a […]



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