- 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 constructional
Design naturally results from projected employment whether the design be constructional or instructional.The Blocking of Zeebrugge|Alfred F. B. Carpenter
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
It carried out all constructional works at a percentage on the cost.The Sequel|George A. Taylor
His machine differs in most constructional details from the Wenzel.The Romance of Modern Mechanism|Archibald Williams
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
British Dictionary definitions for constructional
- the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
- (as modifier)a construction site
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.)).