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We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
Amos Bronson Alcott

Meaning of "ruins" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF RUINS

ruins  [ˈruːɪnz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RUINS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ruins is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES RUINS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ruins

Ruins

Ruins are the remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once complete, as time went by, have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair, due to lack of maintenance or deliberate acts of destruction. Natural disaster, war and depopulation are the most common root causes, with many structures becoming progressively derelict over time due to long-term weathering and scavenging. There are famous ruins all over the world, from ancient sites in China, the Indus valley and Judea to Zimbabwe in Africa, ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman sites in the Mediterranean basin, and Incan and Mayan sites in the Americas. Ruins are of great importance to historians, archaeologists and anthropologists, whether they were once individual fortifications, places of worship, houses and utility buildings, or entire villages, towns and cities. Many ruins have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recent years, to identify and preserve them as areas of outstanding value to humanity.

Definition of ruins in the English dictionary

The definition of ruins in the dictionary is the parts of something that remain after it has been severely damaged or weakened. Other definition of ruins is the parts of a building that remain after the rest has fallen down or been destroyed.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RUINS


Athens
ˈæθɪnz
brains
breɪnz
collins
ˈkɒlɪnz
gains
ɡeɪnz
Hawkins
ˈhɔːkɪnz
headlines
ˈhedlaɪnz
Higgins
ˈhɪɡɪnz
Hopkins
ˈhɒpkɪnz
Jenkins
ˈdʒɛŋkɪnz
lines
laɪnz
mains
meɪnz
origins
ˈɒrɪdʒɪnz
Owens
ˈəʊɪnz
pains
peɪnz
Pines
paɪnz
plains
pleɪnz
remains
rɪˈmeɪnz
Robbins
ˈrɒbɪnz
strains
ˈstreɪnz
Twins
twɪnz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RUINS

ruin
ruinable
ruinate
ruination
ruined
ruiner
ruinous
ruinously
ruinousness
Ruisdael
rulable
rule
rule book
rule of law
rule of three
rule of thumb
rule out
rule the roost
rule-of-thumb
ruled

WORDS THAT END LIKE RUINS

Atkins
Benjamins
blackout curtains
Blue Mountains
curtains
Dawkins
Great Plains
Huggins
in ruins
matins
Moulins
O´Higgins
rains
reins
Rocky Mountains
Rollins
Romains
the Twins
Tocantins
Wilkins

Synonyms and antonyms of ruins in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RUINS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ruins» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ruins

Translation of «ruins» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RUINS

Find out the translation of ruins to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ruins from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ruins» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

废墟
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ruinas
570 millions of speakers

English

ruins
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खंडहर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أطلال
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

руины
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ruínas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ধ্বংসাবশেষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ruines
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Runtuhan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Ruinen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

遺跡
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

유적
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Reruntuhan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đống đổ nát
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இடிபாடுகள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अवशेष
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kalıntılar
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

rovine
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ruiny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

руїни
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ruine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ερείπια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ruïnes
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ruiner
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ruinene
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ruins

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RUINS»

The term «ruins» is very widely used and occupies the 14.172 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RUINS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ruins

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10 QUOTES WITH «RUINS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ruins.
1
Amos Bronson Alcott
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
2
Joan Baez
I have hope in people, in individuals. Because you don't know what's going to rise from the ruins.
3
Jacob Bronowski
Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
4
William Wells Brown
I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
5
Richard Burton
False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
6
Chelsea Cain
I have traveled a fair amount, and I have visited some great cities. I love architecture and museums and castles and ruins and central markets and even double-decker bus tours. But, I am a sucker for a tropical beach.
7
Austin Carlile
If I'm not writing songs about things I've actually been through, it ruins the idea of making music to me.
8
Angela Carter
Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
9
Barbara Cartland
To sleep around is absolutely wrong for a woman; it's degrading and it completely ruins her personality. Sooner or later it will destroy all that is feminine and beautiful and idealistic in her.
10
Buenaventura Durruti
It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RUINS»

Discover the use of ruins in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ruins and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Beautiful Ruins
The story begins in 1962.
Jess Walter, 2012
2
The University in Ruins
Tracing the roots of the modern American University in German philosophy and in the work of British thinkers such as Newman and Arnold, Bill Readings argues that the integrity of the modern University has been linked to the nation-state, ...
Bill Readings, 1996
3
The Aesthetics of Ruins
Annotation "This book constructs a theory of ruins that celebrates their vitality and unity in aesthetic experience.
Robert Ginsberg, 2004
4
The Ruins: A Novel
In Cancun, Mexico, for a peaceful vacation, a group of tourists sets off in search of one of their group who disappeared during an excursion to some nearby Mayan ruins, only to come face to face with an insidious evil that threatens their ...
Scott Smith, 2007
5
Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-century Paris and the Art of ...
This lively narrative discusses Robert's paintings of Parisian ruins--created on the eve of the French Revolution--as expressions of the pleasures and perils of a risk economy.
Nina L. Dubin, 2010
6
Ruins
From the author of Ender’s Game, the soon-to-be major motion picture!
Orson Scott Card, 2012
7
Working the Ruins: Feminist Poststructural Theory and ...
First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Elizabeth St. Pierre, Wanda S. Pillow, 2000
8
Conservation of Ruins
This book defines and describes these risks, which range from neglect, to destructive archaeology, and even well-meaning intervention in the name of tourism.
John Ashurst, 2007
9
On the Museum's Ruins
On the Museum's Ruins. The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject. The End of Painting. The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism. Appropriating Appropriation. Redefining Site Specificity. This is Not a Museum of Art.
Douglas Crimp, 1993
10
Ghostly Ruins: America's Forgotten Architecture
Skrdla shows you all this and more, telling the tale of each place in its prime and the story behind its fall, accompanied by more than two hundred photographs depicting these locations at both yesterday's historic heights and today's ...
Harry Skrdla, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RUINS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ruins is used in the context of the following news items.
1
'True Detective' recap: 'Church in Ruins'
“Church in Ruins” was an exercise in just how many ways the show could disappoint. Remember that confrontation we were hoping for between Ray and Frank? «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
2
Diablo III 2.30 upcoming patch adds 'Ruins of Sescheron' zone …
Ruins of Sescheron Zone: Patch 2.3.0 will unlock the Ruins of Sescheron zone, an explorable are with new enemies and "environmental hazards." At the end of ... «Neoseeker, Jun 15»
3
Islamic State lays explosives in Syria's Palmyra ruins
Islamic State jihadis have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria's Palmyra ... the group had placed mines and explosives in Palmyra's Greco-Roman ruins. «The Guardian, Jun 15»
4
Kate Atkinson's winning streak continues with 'A God in Ruins': book …
In the author's note at the back of Kate Atkinson's incredibly moving new novel, "A God in Ruins," she tells us that she believes all novels aren't only fiction, but ... «OregonLive.com, Jun 15»
5
Massive "Cheater" Airplane Banner Ruins Bobby Flay's Good Day
Bobby Flay achieved a major career milestone on Tuesday when he was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, his achievement was ... «TV Guide, Jun 15»
6
12 Russians injured in lightning strike at ruins on Crete
The accident occurred early Friday inside the ruins of the prehistoric palace of Knossos, near the port city of Iraklio in northern Crete. The injured people were ... «Yahoo News, May 15»
7
Gaza Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Film Festival Amid The Ruins
Filmmakers in the Gaza Strip this week held a film festival amid the ruins of a neighborhood that was devastated by the worst fighting of last summer's war with ... «Huffington Post, May 15»
8
Replica of Razed Chinese Palace Opens, but Some Prefer Ruins
China's Communist Party-led government considers its ruins a remembrance of historical humiliation at the hands of foreign forces, and a sign of how the ... «New York Times, May 15»
9
After 'Life,' 'A God In Ruins' Picks Up The Epic Tale Of The Todds
The moment in Kate Atkinson's A God In Ruins when protagonist Teddy Todd lies to his granddaughter about an old photograph isn't a grand climax. It happens ... «NPR, May 15»
10
'A God in Ruins,' by Kate Atkinson
At the end of her magnificent new novel, “A God in Ruins,” Kate Atkinson appends an author's note, in which she declares, “I think that all novels are not only ... «Washington Post, May 15»

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