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.
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"
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"