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prefab. Bomb-damage during the 1939–45 war obliged the British Government to establish a programme to build temporary housing. This took the form of single-storey houses, prefabricated in factories, with exteriors clad in aluminium, asbestos sheets, or concrete, and with bathrooms and kitchens (though small) fully equipped.


Arieff & and Burkhart (2002);
Hardy & and C. Ward (1984);
Vale (1985)


views updated Jun 08 2018

pre·fab / prēˈfab; ˈprēˌfab/ inf. • n. a prefabricated building.• adj. prefabricated: prefab walls.


views updated May 21 2018

prefab abbrev. of prefabricated (XX); see PRE-, FABRICATE.