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pre·fab

 (prē′făb′) Informal
adj.
Prefabricated.
n.
Something prefabricated, especially a building or section of a building.

pre′fab′ v.

prefab

(ˈpriːˌfæb)
n
(Building)
a. a building that is prefabricated, esp a small house
b. (as modifier): a prefab house.

pre•fab

(adj., n. ˈpriˌfæb; v. priˈfæb)

adj., n., v. -fabbed, -fab•bing. Informal. adj.
1. prefabricated.
n.
2. something that is prefabricated, as a building or fixture.
v.t.
3. to prefabricate.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prefab - a prefabricated structureprefab - a prefabricated structure    
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
Adj.1.prefab - manufactured in standard sizes to be shipped and assembled elsewhere; "a pre structure"
ready-made - made for purchase and immediate use
Translations

prefab

[ˈpriːfæb] Ncasa f prefabricada

prefab

[ˈpriːfæb] n abbr (=prefabricated building) → préfabriqué m

prefab

nFertighaus nt

prefab

[ˈpriːˌfæb] n (fam) → casetta prefabbricata
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I remember when I worked in the north west, Preston in particular, they still had the old prefabs that were built after the war as a stop gap to help the building programme.
Almost 150 new family homes to replace outdated 1940s prefabs were built in Kibblesworth.
The project consists of : 3 x 80mA Mainstream Classrooms & 5 x 16mA Resource Rooms The provision of toilet facilities appropriate for the number of new mainstream classrooms (including the provision of one toilet/shower for assisted users) Circulation space to provide access to the classrooms and toilets Removal of existing prefabs and making good the site Professional fees including normal associated costs such as surveys and investigations.
MORE than 2,600 students will finally move from prefabs into permanent classrooms following a [euro]15million investment.
An architect had told me that some expensive, modern versions of prefabs need foundation pads built within just one millimetre of tolerance.
Sandra Sandland, from the Belle Vale Pre-Fab Society, is trying to find out more details about a photograph of the Ward family on Easter Sunday, 1948, that shows the back view of the Prefabs on Belle Vale Road near St Stephen's Church.
Prefabs were a quick solution to the housing crisis in the aftermath of the Second World War.
New figures released by the Department of Education show that the biggest expenditure came in Dublin, where more than EUR25million was spent on prefabs between 2009 and 2011.
The company is keen to separate its product from the prefabs of the middle part of the last century - despite the obvious similarities of both being pre-assembled.
Prefabricated houses have a reputation for being cheap and ugly, with identical structures and little character--but PREFAB offers a set of exceptions and provides proposals from architects and designers who made their prefabs different.
The prefabs are long gone of course but when I pass by I often think of the happy childhood I enjoyed.
Still, the number of prefabs is few, and the obstacles to their widespread adoption are many.