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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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WHAT a shame that the captioned picture used in your article on prefabs last Saturday showed the most neglected of all the prefabs in the whole row.
THEY were the unassuming prefabs designed to last just a decade as Britain recovered from the horrors of the Second World War.
Jane Hearn, of the Prefab Museum, said: "Prefabs played a crucial role in the rebuilding of Britain after the Second World War and contributed so much to post-war recovery.
When eventually Cardiff's prefabs were demolished, one was dismantled and I believe rebuilt in the Welsh folk museum at St Fagans as a lasting testament to their design and durability.
The Works Will Also Include For The Demolition Of The Existing School Building (Including Removal Of Asbestos) And Removal Of Existing Prefabs.
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Almost 150 new family homes to replace outdated 1940s prefabs were built in Kibblesworth.
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.
There are aerial photos of the area in the exhibition but they don't show the prefabs up very well.
Still, the number of prefabs is few, and the obstacles to their widespread adoption are many.