/pree fab"ri kayt'/, v.t., prefabricated, prefabricating.
1. to fabricate or construct beforehand.
2. to manufacture in standardized parts or sections ready for quick assembly and erection, as buildings.
[1930-35; PRE- + FABRICATE]

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