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

 con·struc·tion /kənˈstrʌkʃən/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·struc·tion n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the act of constructing or building something; "during the
           construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was
           the building of boats" [syn: building]
      2: the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings;
         "their main business is home construction"; "workers in
         the building trades" [syn: building]
      3: 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"
         [syn: structure]
      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" [syn: grammatical
         construction, expression] [ant: misconstruction]
      5: the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas
         into a congruous object of thought [syn: mental synthesis]
      6: an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an
         unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: twist]
      7: 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"