- 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.
Origin of construction
Examples from the Web for construction
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
By the end of the construction period, the number of deaths had reached roughly twenty percent of the workforce.
Tonn and Blank Construction An Indiana construction company.
Encompass Develop, Design Construct, LLC A Kentucky-based architect, design and construction service.
The Bible explicitly and repeatedly calls for the construction of a system that protects and cares for these groups.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’|Candida Moss|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the most beautiful pulpit in all Italy, splendid alike in its decoration and its construction.Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa|Edward Hutton
Cheapness of construction and ease of removing trellis material and using it again.American Grape Training|Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
This construction would give an advantage to the Conservatives.The Reconstruction of Georgia|Edwin C. Woolley
Only by so doing would the construction of Shanghai as a deep harbor be worth while.The International Development of China|Sun Yat-sen
In the construction of the piece Henry Irving made many material suggestions.Shadows of the Stage|William Winter
British Dictionary definitions for construction
- the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
- (as modifier)a construction site
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.)).