re·​con·​struc·​tion | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce reconstruction (audio) \

Definition of reconstruction

1a : the action of reconstructing : the state of being reconstructed
b often capitalized : the reorganization and reestablishment of the seceded states in the Union after the American Civil War
2 : something reconstructed

Examples of reconstruction in a Sentence

the reconstruction of the dam the reconstruction of postwar Europe reconstruction of the health-care system They were able to determine the cause of the accident by careful reconstruction of the events leading up to it. The police staged a reconstruction of the crime.
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Recent Examples on the Web This process is called view reconstruction, or novel view synthesis. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "A Shiny Snack Bag’s Reflections Can Reconstruct the Room around It," 4 May 2020 Roads and bridges levy The roads and bridges levy was a renewal of an existing 1.9-mill tax levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges, for a period of five years. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville residents come out strong to support city services levies," 1 May 2020 A year after undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, Michael Fulmer is still there rehabilitating. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers survive pandemic: Hitting off a tee in Atlanta, playing 'Frozen' in Detroit," 23 Apr. 2020 Scrambling the original choreography (accurate reconstruction is not the aim here), Yerushalmy links these classics to contemporary dialogues on gender, sexuality, disability and race. New York Times, "Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 30 Apr. 2020 Still, the reconstruction was flimsy, perhaps reflecting a rush to prevent starvation immediately after the landslide. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Shrewd water use helped South America’s first empire thrive. So why did a drought destroy it?," 16 Apr. 2020 The environment reconstruction, however, was merely one task in a larger project. Sophia Chen, Wired, "How to See the World's Reflection From a Bag of Chips," 26 Mar. 2020 The reconstruction of the road itself is being funded 80 percent by a federal grant and 20 percent by the city of West University Place. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place hosting meeting on Buffalo Speedway project," 2 Mar. 2020 Culture Minister Franck Riester says a few more months of conservation work is needed before reconstruction is fully underway. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral for first time in 200 years," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of reconstruction

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Reconstruction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reconstruction

: the act or process of building something that was damaged or destroyed again
: the process of putting something (such as a country) back into a good condition
: a process in which an event or series of events is carefully examined in order to find out or show exactly what happened


re·​con·​struc·​tion | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce reconstruction (audio) \

Medical Definition of reconstruction

: repair of an organ or part by reconstructive surgery breast reconstruction



Legal Definition of reconstruction

1 : a rebuilding of a nonfunctional patented article that amounts to creation of a new article and constitutes infringement of the patent the complete replacement of the mechanism was a reconstruction and not a repair
2 : the practice or process of recreating an incident (as an accident) for the purpose of investigating the specific facts and circumstances surrounding it heard testimony on the speed of the vehicle from an expert in accident reconstruction

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