Definition of construction in English:


Syllabification: con·struc·tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈstrəkSHən


  • 1The building of something, typically a large structure: there was a skyscraper under construction
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    • With two housing developments currently under construction in Bangor, the town has got a major face-lift in the last five years.
    • Another day, James hops a city bus and rides it to the end of the line, a field out in the country where new housing is under construction.
    • It is located near a nursing home on extensive grounds and there is a housing development under construction to the southern side.
    building, erection, putting up, setting up, establishment; assembly, manufacture, fabrication, creation
  • 1.1The building of large structures considered as an industry.
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    • Not many responders had a history of dusty work, such as experience in road and building construction and the cement industry.
    • Today, the main use of bitumen is in the road making industry for construction and maintenance.
    • The CFMEU represents workers in mining and construction, two industries where there is a greater risk than most that workers won't make it home at the end of the day.
  • 1.2The style or method used in the building of something: the mill is of brick construction
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    • Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction.
    • Application of a water repellent does not negate proper brick construction and detailing procedures.
    • Santa Barbara has a strict planning code that forces architects and developers to use a Spanish style of construction, and prohibits any building of more than two storeys.
  • 1.3A building or other structure.
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    • Our present building is a modern construction with seven classrooms.
    • The group has been equally impressed by less spectacular constructions - bus shelters, flyovers, washing machines.
    • Older buildings still outnumber newer constructions unlike so many Thai towns and cities.
  • 1.4The creation or formation of an abstract entity: language plays a large part in our construction of reality
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    • It's all very big and heady - the world of abstract construction - but it's child's play, really.
    • This book should generate some lively ideas for creative work tying in with construction and invention, imagination and probability.
    • We did a lot of creative construction back in the founding.
  • 1.5An interpretation or explanation: you could put an honest construction upon their conduct
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    • The reader will not expect to find in these pages any novel views, and novel constructions of the Constitution.
    • However, an analysis of early modern constructions of perception and the role of the passions, reveals something slightly different.
    • So I would argue that moralities be understood as constructions, which creates a space in which they can be interrogated.
    interpretation, reading, meaning, explanation, explication, construal
    informal take, spin
  • 1.6 Grammar The arrangement of words according to syntactical rules: sentence construction
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    • The only solution is that both are uses of the plain form in a subjunctive main clause construction.
    • Language experts can tell from sentence construction, phrase and idiom whether or not you think in the language of your speech or writing.
    • That tells us that the construction is an interrogative complement clause in each case.



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  • Their adventurous designs are clearly in for reed by the structural tectonics and constructional logic championed by their tutors.
  • Together with the engineer, the team devised a new constructional system of steel channels, mesh, mortar and waterproofing, the structure being lined inside and out with local tiles.
  • Employing a variety of constructional and environmental control systems, a new porous building envelope permits flows of air, light and student activities.


Pronunciation: /-SHənl-ē/
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  • Third, if we try to ascertain what he is after constructionally, we can more readily bring to bear those constructional, procedural, and analytic skills which are, at present, our important repertoires.
  • Schools also tend to view their missions constructionally, and there is an important constitutional message attached.
  • Such approaches are constructionally oriented; they build repertoires.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin constructio(n-), from construere 'heap together' (see construct).

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