Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of constructing.
  • noun The art, trade, or work of building.
  • noun A structure, such as a building, framework, or model.
  • noun Something fashioned or devised systematically.
  • noun An artistic composition using various materials; an assemblage or a collage.
  • noun The way in which something is built or put together.
  • noun The interpretation or explanation given to an expression or a statement.
  • noun Grammar An arrangement of words forming a grammatical phrase, clause, or sentence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of building or making; the act of devising and forming; fabrication.
  • noun The way or form in which a thing is built or made; the manner of putting together the parts, as of a building, a ship, a machine, or a system; structure.
  • noun That which is constructed; a structure.
  • noun In geometry, a figure drawn so as to satisfy given conditions; the method of drawing such a figure with given mathematical instruments, especially with rule and compasses.
  • noun In grammar, syntax or the arrangement and connection of words in a sentence according to established usages or the practice of good writers and speakers; syntactical arrangement.
  • noun The act of construing; the mann of understanding or construing the arrangement of words, or of explaining facts; attributed sense or meaning; explanation; interpretation.
  • noun Specifically In law: Interpretation; intelligent reading with explanation, such as to define the meaning. An altered reading of the text of an instrument, designed to make clear an ambiguity or uncertainty in its actual expression, or to show its application to, or exclusion of, matters which upon its face are not clearly included or excluded.
  • noun Nautical, the method of ascertaining a ship's course by means of trigonometrical problems and diagrams.
  • noun In music, the composition of a work according to an appreciable plan.
  • noun In the Kantian philosophy, a synthesis of arbitrarily formed conceptions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The process or art of constructing; the act of building; erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication; composition.
  • noun The form or manner of building or putting together the parts of anything; structure; arrangement.
  • noun (Gram.) The arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; syntactical arrangement.
  • noun The method of construing, interpreting, or explaining a declaration or fact; an attributed sense or meaning; understanding; explanation; interpretation; sense.
  • noun (Math.) the drawing of such lines and figures as will represent geometrically the quantities in the equation, and their relations to each other.
  • noun (Railroad) a train for transporting men and materials for construction or repairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of constructing.
  • noun Anything that has been constructed.
  • noun The trade of building structures
  • noun A building, model or some other structure
  • noun art A (usually non-representational) structure, such as a collage etc.
  • noun The manner in which something is built.
  • noun grammar A group of words arranged to form a meaningful phrase.
  • noun The act or result of construing the meaning of something.
  • noun The meaning or interpretation of a text, action etc.; the way something is viewed by an observer or onlooker.
  • noun geometry A geometric figure of arcs and line segments that is drawable with a straightedge and compass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  • noun the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
  • noun the act of constructing something
  • noun an interpretation of a text or action
  • noun a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
  • noun drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem
  • noun the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin cōnstructiō, from cōnstruere, present active infinitive of cōnstruō.

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