construction

[ kuhn-struhk-shuhn ]
/ kənˈstrʌk ʃən /

noun

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.
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.
explanation or interpretation, as of a law, a text, or an action.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM construction

con·struc·tion·al, adjectivecon·struc·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·struc·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for construction

construction
/ (kənˈstrʌkʃən) /

noun

Derived forms of construction

constructional, adjectiveconstructionally, adverb
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