Definitions of construction

  1. the act of constructing or building something; " during the construction we had to take a detour"; " his hobby was the building of boats"
  2. the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings; " their main business is home construction"; " workers in the building trades"
  3. an interpretation of a text or action; " they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
  4. 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"
  5. the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
  6. a thing constructed; a complex construction or entity; " the structure consisted of a series of arches"; " she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
  7. The process or art of constructing; the act of building; erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication; composition.
  8. The form or manner of building or putting together the parts of anything; structure; arrangement.
  9. The arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; syntactical arrangement.
  10. The method of construing, interpreting, or explaining a declaration or fact; an attributed sense or meaning; understanding; explanation; interpretation; sense.
  11. The act of building; that which is built; an edifice; interpretation; arrangement and grammatical relationship of words in a sentence.
  12. Anything piled together, building: manner of forming: ( gram.) the arrangement of words in a sentence: interpretation: meaning.
  13. The act of constructing; a structure.
  14. Style of building; grammatical arrangement and relation of words.
  15. The act of construing; interpretation; meaning.
  16. The act of construction; fabrication; the thing constructed; structure; the form of construction; conformation; interpretation; the arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; the syntax; the drawing of such lines and figures as are necessary to the solution of a problem.
  17. The thing formed or built; the proper arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; the sense, meaning, or interpretation, as of the words of another, & c.; the manner of drawing figures or diagrams in mathematics.

Usage examples for construction

  1. And when will you begin the construction of the ark? – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  2. It came into my head the other day that this construction, which all the world has learnt from France, has everything of high literature except the emotion of multitude. – Ideas of Good and Evil by William Butler Yeats
  3. First he ran over in his mind the construction of the garden- house. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  4. For over two hundred feet the disturbed and beaten down grass showed where some object had been dragged over the ground, probably the boards used in the construction of the raft. – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  5. Matho ordered the construction of wooden towers which should be as high as the towers of stone. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  6. Construction which is not 'ideal', i. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  7. The fact is, said Miss Carr, hesitating, and her voice trembled and her face flushed slightly as she spoke, I- oh, I will be plain, she said, as if determined to cast off all false shame; Mr Rowle, I trust to you not to put a false construction on this act of mine. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn
  8. He thus guards, however, against any false construction being drawn from his use of it. – A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. by William Wilberforce
  9. The construction of the saw is shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. An improvement is made here in the construction of muskets, which it may be interesting to Congress to know, should they at any time propose to procure any. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  11. A very little consideration is enough to show that it will by no means bear Sir Henry Maine's construction. – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  12. Here is nothing splendid, but construction which is simple, solid, and severe. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  13. If your Lordship deny us this reasonable demand, for my own part I declare, that neither I, nor any I am concerned in, shall draw a sword on this important occasion, whatever construction shall be put upon the matter. – Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems by W.E. Aytoun
  14. The construction of a new fort had been decided upon and its position selected. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  15. It didn't occur to me, or I would have advised their construction everywhere for small parties. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  16. It was not at first clear what they were about; but soon began to rise, plain enough, the walls of cottages, some of stone, and some of turf; Mr. Palmer saw a new village already in process of construction, to take the place of that about to be destroyed! – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  17. The central stone chamber of the tomb of Khasekhemui is the most important part of the whole, as it is the oldest stone construction yet known. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  18. In the previous year he had made a journey to Arizona with Jowett, to see some railway construction there, and at a ranch he had visited he came upon some verses which had haunted his mind ever since. – The World For Sale, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  19. Kydd took charge of the one forward; I of the after one, at the construction of which I had assisted. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston