construction

noun

con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
1
: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
2
a
: the process, art, or manner of constructing something
Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring.
also : a thing constructed
b
: 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
constructional adjective
constructionally adverb

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web When the University of Michigan proposed building a new graduate-student dorm whose construction would require tearing Blimpy down, there was a crisis. The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The Gorgas Institute is located in Panama City, Panama and named in honor of Colonel William Crawford Gorgas who made significant contributions to the public health of the country during the construction of the Panama Canal in the early 20th Century. Thomas Bostick, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 But the Taliban now appears to have thrown its backing behind the glitzy original plans, which envision the construction of high-rise buildings, schools, universities, pools, parks and shopping malls. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 The Biden administration has also subsidized more construction of manufacturing plants and infrastructure through additional legislation passed in 2021 and 2022 that was still having an impact last year. Stan Choe, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Black snow fell on white ground as ravens (or, to be clear, raven-representing models) appeared in evermore elaborate constructions of black and white tweeds, leathers and tulle. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Supporters say that could lead to the construction of 200,000 more affordable homes. Jesse Bedayn, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024 Its Housing Boom The environmental movement’s emphasis on quality of life—clean air, clean water, protecting nature while ensuring access to it—also made protection from toxic insults, or simply the construction of anything that threatened habitat, increasingly mainstream. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 The latter title gives construction a Stress system that demands deep planning. Chris Stobing, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see construct entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of construction was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near construction

Cite this Entry

“Construction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/construction. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

construction

noun
con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
1
: interpretation sense 1
strict construction of the law
2
: the process, art, or manner of constructing
3
: something built or put together : structure
4
: the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence

Legal Definition

construction

noun
con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract)
the construction placed upon an agreementJ. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

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