Definition of construction
1 : the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
2a : the process, art, or manner of constructing something Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring.; also : a thing constructedb : the construction industry working in construction
3 : the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence : syntactical arrangement That verb is often used in passive constructions.
4 : a sculpture that is put together out of separate pieces of often disparate materials
constructionalplay \kən-ˈstrək-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of construction in a Sentence
Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring.
Construction on the bridge will occur daily from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Note the similar construction of the buildings.
Some people think it is wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, but the construction is quite common in English.
That verb is commonly used in passive constructions.
This word is used in positive constructions.
Recent Examples of construction from the Web
As a boom in construction brings more stock onto the market, the relentless rise in rents is showing signs of running out of steam.
Various land use and constructions agreements under negotiation for several months between the Indiana Department of Transportation, Canadian National Railroad and the Munster will be adopted in August, Town Manager Dustin Anderson said.
Construction workers were parked up and down the street, Mistie Lucht said.
With the Dakota Access Pipeline construction nearing completion, TigerSwan might have found itself out of a lucrative contract.
Hospital spokesman Clayton Warren said emergency crews transported the injured from Friday’s partial collapse at a construction site in Oakland to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and two other hospitals.
Designs for the MC-21 were finalized in 2008, with UAC subsidiary Irkut leading the construction.
In the neighborhood, street parking has become scarce, with parking spots taken by equipment for the many construction sites.
Triple Five Worldwide Group of Companies closed on the construction loan for its mega development called American Dream, the company...
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Origin and Etymology of construction
First Known Use: 14th century
CONSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of construction for English Language Learners
: 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
CONSTRUCTION Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of construction
: 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
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