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  1. the act or art of constructing.
  2. the way in which a thing is constructed: a building of solid construction.
  3. something that is constructed; a structure.
  4. the occupation or industry of building: He works in construction.
  5. Grammar.
    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.Compare bound form, free form.
    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.
  6. 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 formscon·struc·tion·al, adjectivecon·struc·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·struc·tion, noun

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  1. the process or act of constructing or manner in which a thing is constructed
  2. the thing constructed; a structure
    1. the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
    2. (as modifier)a construction site
  3. an interpretation or explanation of a law, text, action, etcthey put a sympathetic construction on her behaviour
  4. grammar a group of words that together make up one of the constituents into which a sentence may be analysed; a phrase or clause
  5. geometry a drawing of a line, angle, or figure satisfying certain conditions, used in solving a problem or proving a theorem
  6. an abstract work of art in three dimensions or reliefSee also constructivism (def. 1)
Derived Formsconstructional, adjectiveconstructionally, adverb
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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.)).

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