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[kuh n-struhk-shuh n] /kənˈstrʌk ʃən/
the act or art of constructing.
the way in which a thing is constructed:
a building of solid construction.
something that is constructed; a structure.
the occupation or industry of building:
He works in construction.
  1. the arrangement of two or more forms in a grammatical unit. Constructions involving bound forms are often called morphological, as the bound forms fif- and -teen. Those involving only free forms are often called syntactic, as the good man, in the house.
  2. a word or phrase consisting of two or more forms arranged in a particular way.
  3. a group of words or morphemes for which there is a rule in some part of the grammar.
explanation or interpretation, as of a law, a text, or an action.
Origin of construction
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin constrūctiōn- (stem of constrūctiō) a putting together, building, equivalent to constrūct(us) (see construct) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
constructional, adjective
constructionally, adverb
preconstruction, noun
6. version, rendition, story. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The construction in each city is begun with these ultimate requirements in view.

  • The construction then proceeds as before, until the desired height is reached.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • From the point of view of construction, the story can hardly be regarded as a success.

  • He is a weak imitator of Bulwer, that is all, and he has not Bulwer's power of construction.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Italy: mail subsidies; construction and navigation bounties.

    Manual of Ship Subsidies Edwin M. Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for construction


the process or act of constructing or manner in which a thing is constructed
the thing constructed; a structure
  1. the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
  2. (as modifier): a construction site
an interpretation or explanation of a law, text, action, etc: they put a sympathetic construction on her behaviour
(grammar) a group of words that together make up one of the constituents into which a sentence may be analysed; a phrase or clause
(geometry) a drawing of a line, angle, or figure satisfying certain conditions, used in solving a problem or proving a theorem
an abstract work of art in three dimensions or relief See also constructivism (sense 1)
Derived Forms
constructional, adjective
constructionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for construction

late 14c., from Old French construction or directly from Latin constructionem (nominative constructio), from construct-, past participle stem of construere "pile up together, accumulate; build, make, erect," from com- "together" (see com-) + struere "to pile up" (see structure (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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