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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•struc•tion /kənˈstrʌkʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the act, process, or art of constructing:[uncountable]a building of solid construction.
- something constructed;
structure:[countable]What a complicated construction that table of yours is.
- the occupation or industry of building:[uncountable]Can you make money in construction?
- Grammar an arrangement of two or more words, phrases, or sentences in a grammatical unit:[countable]the past perfect construction.
(kən struk′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- the act or art of constructing.
- the way in which a thing is constructed:a building of solid construction.
- something that is constructed;
- the occupation or industry of building:He works in construction.
- 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. Cf. bound form, free form.
- a word or phrase consisting of two or more forms arranged in a particular way.
- Grammara 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.
- Latin constrūctiōn- (stem of constrūctiō) a putting together, building, equivalent. to constrūct(us) (see construct) + -iōn- -ion
- Middle French)
- Middle English ( 1350–1400
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged version, rendition, story.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
construction /kənˈstrʌkʃən/ n
conˈstructional adj conˈstructionally adv
- the process or act of constructing or manner in which a thing is constructed
- the thing constructed; a structure
- the business or work of building dwellings, offices, etc
- (as modifier): a construction site
- an interpretation or explanation of a law, text, action, etc: they put a sympathetic construction on her behaviour
- a group of words that together make up one of the constituents into which a sentence may be analysed; a phrase or clause
- an abstract work of art in three dimensions or relief