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Skyscraper

A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building having multiple floors. When the term was originally used in the 1880s it described a building of 10 to 20 floors but now describes one of at least 40–50 floors. Mostly designed for office, commercial and residential uses, a skyscraper can also be called a high-rise, but the term "skyscraper" is often used for buildings higher than . For buildings above a height of , the term "supertall" can be used, while skyscrapers reaching beyond are classified as "megatall".

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