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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·sti·tu·tion /ˌkɑn(t)stəˈtuʃən, ˈtju-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 con·sti·tu·tion /ˌkɑn(t)stəˈt(j)uʃən/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·sti·tu·tion n.
 1. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
 2. The state of being; that form of being, or structure and connection of parts, which constitutes and characterizes a system or body; natural condition; structure; texture; conformation.
    The physical constitution of the sun.   --Sir J. Herschel.
 3. The aggregate of all one's inherited physical qualities; the aggregate of the vital powers of an individual, with reference to ability to endure hardship, resist disease, etc.; as, a robust constitution.
    Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the old world.   --Story.
 4. The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
    He defended himself with . . . less passion than was expected from his constitution.   --Clarendon.
 5. The fundamental, organic law or principles of government of men, embodied in written documents, or implied in the institutions and usages of the country or society; also, a written instrument embodying such organic law, and laying down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of affairs.
    Our constitution had begun to exist in times when statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact definitions.   --Macaulay.
 Note:In England the constitution is unwritten, and may be modified from time to time by act of Parliament.  In the United States a constitution cannot ordinarily be modified, exept through such processes as the constitution itself ordains.
 6. An authoritative ordinance, regulation or enactment; especially, one made by a Roman emperor, or one affecting ecclesiastical doctrine or discipline; as, the constitutions of Justinian.
    The positive constitutions of our own churches.   --Hooker.
    A constitution of Valentinian addressed to Olybrius, then prefect of Rome, for the regulation of the conduct of advocates.   --George Long.
 Apostolic constitutions. See under Apostolic.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: law determining the fundamental political principles of a
           government [syn: fundamental law, organic law]
      2: the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA
         group last year"; "it was the establishment of his
         reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the
         club" [syn: establishment, formation, organization,
      3: the way in which someone or something is composed [syn: composition,
      4: United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three
         naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant
         victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and
         is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of
         the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is
         anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston [syn: Old