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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for constructional
Historical Examples
  • It carried out all constructional works at a percentage on the cost.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • He did not strengthen his constructional, and he began a series of flying tests.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • His machine differs in most constructional details from the Wenzel.

    The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams
  • Little reference was made in them to the advance of artistic or constructional methods from age to age.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The advance in constructional details and rolling stock is by no means less marked.

    The Story of the Cambrian C. P. Gasquoine
  • Artificial objects have two classes of features capable of giving rise to ornament: these are constructional and functional.

  • Timber for constructional purposes is found freely in this zone, reaching far up to the higher region of the cold lands.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • The constructional aspect was gone altogether, and most of the artistic interest too.

    The Dover Road Charles G. Harper
  • From a constructional point of view Fig. 101 is far and away the best joint that has yet been produced.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The effect produced by this gradation of obscurity was intensified by constructional artifices.

British Dictionary definitions for constructional


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
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Word Origin and History for constructional



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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