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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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will ask its board to approve a $1.2 million contract next week for a consultant to oversee reconstruction work on the L train tunnel under the East River, according to an authority spokesman. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Picks Consultant to Oversee L Train Tunnel Repair," 21 Mar. 2019 With little reconstruction aid, most Yezidi territory retaken from IS in Iraq remain in ruins. Susannah George, The Seattle Times, "Nobel Peace winner Murad urges global fight against genocide," 8 Oct. 2018 The Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center is scheduled to receive $30,000 to pay demolition and reconstruction costs of the theater walkway. Jeff Mcdonald,, "County supervisors approve almost $300,000 in new grants," 11 May 2018 The building was bought for $1.2 million, and the total project cost $3.2 million, including reconstruction costs, a new generator, contingency costs, and bonding fees. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "New Senior Center Opens," 24 Apr. 2018 And sensors in the headset can detects surfaces, planes and objects, which Magic Leap has said allows for a digital reconstruction of your physical surroundings. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Magic Leap mixed reality headsets closer to reality with AT&T investment," 11 July 2018 The chapter features a minimally invasive approach for the reconstruction off the Charcot Foot. Orthocincy,, "Education: Dr. Sammarco authors chapter on Charcot Foot in new textbook," 11 June 2018 The 99-year-old stadium will close for reconstruction this summer, a project expected to take nearly two years. Ken Goe,, "Damarcus Simpson takes flight: Clayton Murphy to run at L&C: Oregon track & field rundown," 4 June 2018 The contract calls for a build-out reconstruction of the entrance and lobby of village hall, located at 11 Conti Parkway. Pioneer Press,, "What's happening in Elmwood Park: Village hall to receive new front entrance; St. Celestine principal honored," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of reconstruction

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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