[ verb ] enlarge or increase
"build up excitement"
Used in print(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
Captain_Chandler saw that it was building_up strength .(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)
These differences in_turn result from the fact that my Yokuts vocabularies were built_up of terms selected mainly to insure unambiguity of English meaning between illiterate informants and myself , within a compact and uniform territorial area , but that Hoijer 's vocabulary is based_on Swadesh 's second glottochronological list which aims at eliminating all items which might be culturally or geographically determined .(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)
His rage had built_up as he made his way here from the second floor , helped by the quantity of champagne he had consumed .(Edward Streeter, The Chairman of the Bored....)
How in the world had he formerly found time to build_up a business , raise a family , be on half_a_dozen boards , work actively on committees and either go_out in the evening or plow through the contents of a bulging brief_case ?
[ verb ] grow or intensify
"Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
Used in print(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
Although the tape was run for over 1 hr. , a steady state was not reached , and it was concluded that the reason for this was that the back pressure of the manometer was built_up from the material fed from between the blocks and this was available at a very slow rate .
[ verb ] form or accumulate steadily
"Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly" "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
Used in print(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)
An extended cold_spell caused ice to build_up on the aerator which was mounted on a floating platform and caused the entire platform to sink lower in the water .
When the algae began to build_up again , the effluent BOD rose .(Philip Jos‚ Farmer, The Lovers....)
The Gabriel pointed towards her destination and , under one gee acceleration , began to build_up towards her ultimate velocity , 99.1 percent of the speed_of_light .
[ verb ] (military) prepare oneself for a military confrontation
"The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East" "troops are building up on the Iraqui border"
Used in print(Los Angeles Times...)
President_Kennedy 's latest warning to the Communist world that the United_States will build_up its military strength to meet any challenge in Berlin or elsewhere was somewhat surprisingly , reported in full text or fairly accurate excerpts behind the Iron_Curtain .