[kuh n-struhk-shuh n]
- 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.
- 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.Compare bound form, free form.
- a word or phrase consisting of two or more forms arranged in a particular way.
- 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
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6. version, rendition, story.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- the process or act of constructing or manner in which a thing is constructed
- the thing constructed; a structure
- the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
- (as modifier)a construction site
- an interpretation or explanation of a law, text, action, etcthey 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 reliefSee also constructivism (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for preconstruction
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