construction meaning

[ kən'strʌkʃən ] Pronunciation:   "construction" in a sentence
Noun: construction  kun'strúkshun
  1. The act of constructing something
    "during the construction we had to take a detour"
    - building 
  2. A group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
    "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
    - grammatical construction, expression 
  3. The creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
    - mental synthesis 
  4. A thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
    - structure 
  5. Drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem
    "the assignment was to make a construction that could be used in proving the Pythagorean theorem" 
  6. An interpretation of a text or action
    "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
    - twist 
  7. The commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
    "their main business is home construction"
    - building

Derived forms: constructions

See also: construct

Type of: artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], business, business enterprise, cerebration, commercial enterprise, constituent, creating from raw materials, grammatical constituent, intellection, interpretation, mathematical operation, mathematical process, mentation, operation, thinking, thought, thought process

Antonym: misconstruction

Encyclopedia: Construction Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union


All the on-site work done in building or altering structures, from land clearance through completion, including excavation, erection, and the assembly and installation of components and equipment.


A structure.


The manner in which something is built.


1 [U]

the process or method of building or making sth large, especially roads, buildings, bridges, etc:

Construction of the new offices has now been completed.

This web page is currently under construction (= being built).

He was working as a labourer on a construction site.

Work has been begun on the construction of the new airport.

The government is investing heavily in construction projects.

There is an order banning road construction in the area.


❖ to begin/complete/start construction

bridge/pipeline/plant/road construction

◆ a construction site/yard/worker construction costs/materials/methods/techniques

2 [U]

the business of building roads, buildings, etc:

His businesses range from shipping and construction to motels.

She works in the construction industry.

the construction industry/sector a construction business/company/firm/group

3 [U]

the process or method of creating sth by putting different things or parts together:

the construction of rules/agreements

understanding the construction of electronic catalogues

4 [U,C]

the way that sth has been built or made:

walls of solid construction

It has a basic construction of brick under a tiled roof.

5 (formal) [C]

a thing that has been built or made:

massive constructions of bamboo and paper




Both building [U] and construction [U] can be used to describe the making of any structure or large, complicated piece of equipment:

the building/construction of a new hospital/pipeline/runway.

Construction is slightly more formal and more commonly used about industrial buildings or structures used for transport, such as roads or bridges.

Building [U], especially when combined with other nouns, usually describes the process of building structures for living or working in:

cement, bricks and other building materialsThe houses failed to meet local building regulations.



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  1. what construction do you put on his actions?
  2. it was a most venerable construction.
  3. our letter does not bear such a construction.
  4. the road construction work is in progress.
  5. the construction of that big building is completed.

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