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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Construction  \Con*struc"tion\,  n.  [L.  constructio:  cf  F. 
  construction.] 
  1.  The  process  or  art  of  constructing;  the  act  of  building; 
  erection;  the  act  of  devising  and  forming;  fabrication; 
  composition. 
 
  2.  The  form  or  manner  of  building  or  putting  together  the 
  parts  of  anything  structure;  arrangement. 
 
  An  astrolabe  of  peculiar  construction.  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  (Gram.)  The  arrangement  and  connection  of  words  in  a 
  sentence;  syntactical  arrangement. 
 
  Some  particles  .  .  .  in  certain  constructions  have 
  the  sense  of  a  whole  sentence  contained  in  them 
  --Locke. 
 
  4.  The  method  of  construing,  interpreting,  or  explaining  a 
  declaration  or  fact  an  attributed  sense  or  meaning; 
  understanding;  explanation;  interpretation;  sense 
 
  Any  person  .  .  .  might  by  the  sort  of  construction 
  that  would  be  put  on  this  act  become  liable  to  the 
  penalties  of  treason.  --Hallam. 
 
  Strictly,  the  term  [construction]  signifies 
  determining  the  meaning  and  proper  effect  of 
  language  by  a  consideration  of  the  subject  matter 
  and  attendant  circumstances  in  connection  with  the 
  words  employed.  --Abbott. 
 
  Interpretation  properly  precedes  construction,  but 
  it  does  not  go  beyond  the  written  text.  --Parsons. 
 
  {Construction  of  an  equation}  (Math.),  the  drawing  of  such 
  lines  and  figures  as  will  represent  geometrically  the 
  quantities  in  the  equation,  and  their  relations  to  each 
  other 
 
  {Construction  train}  (Railroad),  a  train  for  transporting  men 
  and  materials  for  construction  or  repairs. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  construction 
  n  1:  the  act  of  constructing  or  building  something  "during  the 
  construction  we  had  to  take  a  detour";  "his  hobby  was 
  the  building  of  boats"  [syn:  {building}] 
  2:  the  commercial  activity  involved  in  constructing  buildings; 
  "their  main  business  is  home  construction";  "workers  in 
  the  building  trades"  [syn:  {building}] 
  3:  a  thing  constructed;  a  complex  construction  or  entity;  "the 
  structure  consisted  of  a  series  of  arches";  "she  wore  her 
  hair  in  an  amazing  construction  of  whirls  and  ribbons" 
  [syn:  {structure}] 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {expression}] 
  5:  the  creation  of  a  construct;  the  process  of  combining  ideas 
  into  a  congruous  object  of  thought  [syn:  {mental  synthesis}] 
  6:  an  interpretation  of  a  text  or  action  "they  put  an 
  unsympathetic  construction  on  his  conduct"  [syn:  {twist}] 
  7:  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" 




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