[Ads-l] "building", adj., 'That is being built.'

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 26 13:05:33 UTC 2015

The OED has "building", adj., = "That builds."  The (few) quotations are for uses where the modified noun is an active agent.  E.g., 

     1727   D. Defoe Syst. Magick i. i. 12   That foolish Babel-Building-Age.     1843   T. Carlyle Past & Present iii. ii. 197   Building beavers.
The following is a usage where the modified noun is acted upon.  The context is constructing an index for a book.  The "building entry" is the index entry for a particular term, occurring on several pages, for which the page numbers ("locators") are being added one by one.
"It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially if you search ahead for more locators to a specific entry. Then, when you find one to use, it’s a simple matter to add the locator to the building entry and then (or before adding to your index) highlight the pdf text and continue on."
>From an email, 2015 May 26.

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