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
The first Star Wars spin-off film, this 2016 hit details the efforts of Felicity Jones's Jyn Erso and her rebel pals to steal plans for the Empire's under-construction Death Star.
Construction of the 25,000-square-foot educational building - overseen by Volkert Inc. - will begin next week, depending on weather.
Construct a sand castle and let it get washed away without losing one bit of the joy in its construction.
Surface Shields, which makes protective coverings used at construction sites and in other applications, is eyeing relocating from Orland Park to a 101,000-square-foot building at 8451 W. 183rd Place.
Council members Quinton Lucas and Katheryn Shields argued Wornall and North Oak deserved first-year funding, at least for design if not construction, because of their high traffic counts and poor road conditions.
City Council approval comes as another big cinematic museum space is deep in construction just a few miles west, the Academy Museum at Wilshire and Fairfax, scheduled to open in 2019.
Construction work was distributed among six shipyards since no single yard could take on the entire job, and some 11,000 workers were involved in the project.
As work on the Purple Line progresses, museum staff are ’a little nervous’ about what construction crews working on the Fairfax station will turn up The La Brea Tar Pits know no mercy.
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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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