noun con·struc·tion \kən-ˈstrək-shən\

: the act or process of building something (such as a house or road)

: the business of building things (such as houses or roads)

: the way something is built or made

Full Definition of CONSTRUCTION

:  the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
a :  the process, art, or manner of constructing something; also :  a thing constructed
b :  the construction industry <working in construction>
:  the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence :  syntactical arrangement
:  a sculpture that is put together out of separate pieces of often disparate materials
con·struc·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
con·struc·tion·al·ly adverb


  1. Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring.
  2. Construction on the bridge will occur daily from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  3. Note the similar construction of the buildings.
  4. Some people think it is wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, but the construction is quite common in English.
  5. That verb is commonly used in passive constructions.
  6. This word is used in positive constructions.

First Known Use of CONSTRUCTION

14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot
CONSTRUCTION Defined for Kids


noun con·struc·tion \kən-ˈstrək-shən\

Definition of CONSTRUCTION for Kids

:  the process, art, or manner of building something
:  something built or put together :  structure <a flimsy construction>
:  the arrangement of words and the relationship between words in a sentence
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