|1.||[ noun ] the act of constructing or building something|
"during the construction we had to take a detour" "his hobby was the building of boats"
|Related terms:||creating_from_raw_materials fabrication shipbuilding erecting dry_walling grading rustication road_construction house-raising crenelation raise rebuild frames prefabricate reface groin wattle construct|
|2.||[ noun ] (business) the commercial activity involved in constructing buildings|
"their main business is home construction" "workers in the building trades"
|Related terms:||commercial_enterprise jerry-building plumbing painting roofing sheet-metal_work masonry shingling build|
|3.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||artifact area shelter building porch body floor memorial housing obstruction tower bridge signboard establishment masonry cross partition stadium fountain landing column mound projection ways arrangement coil hull spandrel infrastructure infrastructure wellhead wind_tunnel catchment lookout colonnade balcony balcony corner jungle_gym bascule deathtrap platform boarding post_and_lintel defensive_structure arch arcade balance prefab set_back public_works entablature shoebox erection door superstructure building_complex lamination supporting_structure altar transept vaulting trestlework house_of_cards airdock foundation structural_member plate|
|4.||[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) 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"
|Related terms:||misconstruction constituent complement phrase predicator clause misconstruction adjunct involution|
|5.||[ noun ] (psychology) the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought|
|Related terms:||thinking gestation crystallization|
|6.||[ noun ] an interpretation of a text or action|
"they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
|Related terms:||interpretation twist|
|7.||[ noun ] (mathematics) 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"
|Related terms:||mathematical_process quadrature construct|