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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Construction \Con*struc"tion\, noun [L. constructio: cf. F. construction.]

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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

construction

noun

1: the act of constructing something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats" [syn: {construction}, {building}]

2: 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: {construction}, {grammatical construction}, {expression}] [ant: {misconstruction}]

3: the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought [syn: {construction}, {mental synthesis}]

4: a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons" [syn: {structure}, {construction}]

5: 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"

6: an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: {construction}, {twist}]

7: the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones; "their main business is home construction"; "workers in the building trades" [syn: {construction}, {building}]


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