Definitions for: Construction


[n] drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem; "the assignment was to make a construction that could be used in proving the Pythagorean theorem"
[n] the act of constructing or building something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"
[n] the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings; "their main business is home construction"; "workers in the building trades"
[n]
[n] the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
[n] a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
[n] an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*struc"tion, n. [L. constructio: cf. F.
construction.]
1. The process or art of constructing; the act of building;
erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication;
composition.

2. The form or manner of building or putting together the
parts of anything; structure; arrangement.

An astrolabe of peculiar construction. --Whewell.

3. (Gram.) The arrangement and connection of words in a
sentence; syntactical arrangement.

Some particles . . . in certain constructions have
the sense of a whole sentence contained in them.
--Locke.

4. The method of construing, interpreting, or explaining a
declaration or fact; an attributed sense or meaning;
understanding; explanation; interpretation; sense.

Any person . . . might, by the sort of construction
that would be put on this act, become liable to the
penalties of treason. --Hallam.

Strictly, the term [construction] signifies
determining the meaning and proper effect of
language by a consideration of the subject matter
and attendant circumstances in connection with the
words employed. --Abbott.

Interpretation properly precedes construction, but
it does not go beyond the written text. --Parsons.

Construction of an equation (Math.), the drawing of such
lines and figures as will represent geometrically the
quantities in the equation, and their relations to each
other.

Construction train (Railroad), a train for transporting men
and materials for construction or repairs.

Synonyms: building, expression, grammatical construction, mental synthesis, structure, twist

Antonyms: misconstruction

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