construction

[[t]kənstrʌ̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]]
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1) N-UNCOUNT Construction is the building of things such as houses, factories, roads, and bridges.

He'd already started construction on a hunting lodge.

...the only nuclear power station under construction in Britain.

...the downturn in the construction industry...

Quincy wants a job in construction.

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2) N-UNCOUNT: with supp The construction of something such as a vehicle or machine is the making of it.

...companies who have long experience in the construction of those types of equipment...

With the exception of teak, this is the finest wood for boat construction.

3) N-UNCOUNT: with poss The construction of something such as a system is the creation of it.

...the construction of a just system of criminal justice.

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4) N-COUNT: usu supp N You can refer to an object that has been built or made as a construction.

The British pavilion is an impressive steel and glass construction the size of Westminster Abbey.

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5) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp You use construction to refer to the structure of something and the way it has been built or made.

The Shakers believed that furniture should be plain, simple, useful, practical and of sound construction...

The chairs were light in construction yet extremely strong.

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6) N-COUNT: usu sing The construction that you put on what someone says or does is your interpretation of what it means.

The denial was limited to rejecting the construction put on his remarks...

He put the wrong construction on what he saw.

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7) N-COUNT A grammatical construction is a particular arrangement of words in a sentence, clause, or phrase.

Avoid complex verbal constructions.

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  • construction — [ kɔ̃stryksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1130; lat. constructio, de construere → construire 1 ♦ Action de construire. ⇒ assemblage, édification, érection. La construction d une maison, d un mur. Un immeuble en construction, en train d être construit (⇒ chantier) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • construction — con·struc·tion /kən strək shən/ n: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract) the construction placed upon an agreement J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • construction — con‧struc‧tion [kənˈstrʌkʆn] noun 1. [uncountable] PROPERTY the activity of building houses, apartments, offices, factories, roads etc: • Share prices of construction, building materials and property investment companies were particularly hard… …   Financial and business terms

  • construction — CONSTRUCTION. s. f. Action de construire. On a interrompu la construction de ce bâtiment. f♛/b] Il signifie aussi l Arrangement, la disposition des parties d un bâtiment. La construction de ce Palais est parfaitement belle et solide. Cet homme là …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Construction — Con*struc tion, n. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. The form or manner of building or putting …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • construction — Construction. s. f. Arrangement, disposition des parties d un bastiment. La construction de ce palais est parfaitement belle & solide. cet homme là entend bien la construction des vaisseaux. Construction fig. & en termes de grammaire signifie, L… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • construction — [kən struk′shən] n. [ME construccioun < OFr construction < L constructio] 1. the act or process of constructing 2. the way in which something is constructed; manner or method of building 3. something constructed; structure; building 4. an… …   English World dictionary

  • construction — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. construction or directly from L. constructionem (nom. constructio), from construct , pp. stem of construere pile up together, accumulate; build, make, erect, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + struere to pile up… …   Etymology dictionary

  • construction — [n1] creation, building architecture, arrangement, assembly, build, cast, composition, conception, constitution, contour, cut, development, disposition, edifice, elevation, erecting, erection, fabric, fabricating, fabrication, figuration, figure …   New thesaurus

  • Construction — (v. lat.), 1) Zusammenstellung, Zusammensetzung eines Ganzen aus einzelnen Theilen; 2) organische Bildung, in Rücksicht auf ihre zweck u. gesetzmäßige Form; 3) (Gramm.), Zusammenfügung der Wörter zu einem Satze u. der einzelnen Satztheile zu… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Construction — Construction, lat., geordnete Zusammenfügung, Bau; in der Grammatik die Verbindung der Worte zu Sätzen und der Sätze zu Perioden; in der Mathematik die Darstellung der Lehrsätze durch Figuren; in der Philosophie die Entwickelung der Folgesätze… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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