What does Construction mean?

Definitions for Construction
kənˈstrʌk ʃəncon·struc·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Construction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. construction, buildingnoun

    the act of constructing something

    "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"

  2. construction, grammatical construction, expressionnoun

    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"

  3. construction, mental synthesisnoun

    the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought

  4. structure, constructionnoun

    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

    "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

  5. constructionnoun

    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. construction, twistnoun

    an interpretation of a text or action

    "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"

  7. construction, buildingnoun

    the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones

    "their main business is home construction"; "workers in the building trades"


  1. constructionnoun

    The process of constructing.

    Construction is underway on the new bridge.

  2. constructionnoun

    Anything that has been constructed.

    The engineer marvelled at his construction.

  3. constructionnoun

    The trade of building structures

    He had worked in construction all his life.

  4. constructionnoun

    A building, model or some other structure

    The office was a construction of steel and glass

  5. constructionnoun

    A (usually non-representational) structure, such as a collage etc.

    "Construction in string and clockwork" took first prize

  6. constructionnoun

    The manner in which something is built.

    A thing of simple construction

  7. constructionnoun

    A group of words arranged to form a meaningful phrase.

  8. constructionnoun

    The act or result of construing the meaning of something.

    American conservatives tend to favor strict construction of the Constitution.

  9. constructionnoun

    The meaning or interpretation of a text, action etc.; the way something is viewed by an observer or onlooker.

  10. constructionnoun

    A geometric figure of arcs and line segments that is drawable with a straightedge and compass.

  11. Etymology: From constructio, from construere, present active infinitive of construo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Constructionnoun

    Etymology: constructio, Latin.

    There’s no art
    To shew the mind’s construction in the face. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The ways were made of several layers of flat stones and flint: the construction was a little various, according to the nature of the soil, or the materials which they found. Arbuth.

    Some particles constantly, and others in certain constructions, have the sense of a whole sentence contained in them. John Locke.

    This label, whose containing
    Is so from sense in hardness, that I can
    Make no collection of it, let him shew
    His skill in the construction. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    In which sense although we judge the apostle’s words to have been uttered, yet hereunto we do not require them to yield, that think any other construction more sound. Richard Hooker.

    He that would live at ease, should always put the best construction on business and conversation. Jeremy Collier, on the Spleen.

    Religion, in its own nature, produces good will towards men, and puts the mildest construction upon every accident that befals them. Spectator, №. 483.

    It cannot, therefore, unto reasonable constructions seem strange, or savour of singularity, that we have examined this point. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 13.


  1. Construction

    Construction is a general term meaning the art and science to form objects, systems, or organizations, and comes from Latin constructio (from com- "together" and struere "to pile up") and Old French construction. To construct is the verb: the act of building, and the noun is construction: how something is built, the nature of its structure. In its most widely used context, construction covers the processes involved in delivering buildings, infrastructure and industrial facilities, and associated activities through to the end of their life. It typically starts with planning, financing, and design, and continues until the asset is built and ready for use; construction also covers repairs and maintenance work, any works to expand, extend and improve the asset, and its eventual demolition, dismantling or decommissioning. As an industry sector, construction accounts for more than 10% of global GDP (6-9% in developed countries) and employs around 7% of the global workforce - over 273m people. The output of the global construction industry was worth an estimated $10.8 trillion in 2017.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constructionnoun

    the process or art of constructing; the act of building; erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication; composition

  2. Constructionnoun

    the form or manner of building or putting together the parts of anything; structure; arrangement

  3. Constructionnoun

    the arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; syntactical arrangement

  4. Constructionnoun

    the method of construing, interpreting, or explaining a declaration or fact; an attributed sense or meaning; understanding; explanation; interpretation; sense

  5. Etymology: [L. constructio: cf. F. construction.]


  1. Construction

    In the fields of architecture and civil engineering, construction is a process that consists of the building or assembling of infrastructure. Far from being a single activity, large scale construction is a feat of human multitasking. Normally, the job is managed by a project manager, and supervised by a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer or project architect. For the successful execution of a project, effective planning is essential. Involved with the design and execution of the infrastructure in question must consider the environmental impact of the job, the successful scheduling, budgeting, construction site safety, availability of building materials, logistics, inconvenience to the public caused by construction delays and bidding, etc.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. construction

    In naval architecture, is to give the ship such a form as may be most suitable for the service for which she is designed. In navigation, it is the method of ascertaining a ship's course by trigonometrical diagrams. (See INSPECTION.)

Editors Contribution

  1. construction

    The intuitive, perfect, easy, accurate, simple, specific ability, capacity, experience, knowledge, training, qualifications and skills to construct.

    The construction of the houses was so easy, they managed to secure the employees to work on the construction sites.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Construction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1608

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Construction' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4018

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Construction' in Nouns Frequency: #705

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Construction in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Construction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Construction in a Sentence

  1. Lakeside Alliance:

    We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate on our worksite. Anti-bias training is included in our onboarding process and reiterated during site-wide meetings, we are suspending all operations onsite in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff and workers. OBAMA BREAKS GROUND IN CHICAGO FOR MASSIVE PRESIDENTIAL CENTER PROJECT The Obama Presidential Center under construction on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Chicago's Jackson Park neighborhood. ( Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Lakeside Alliance is offering a reward of $ 100,000 for help, according to NBC 5. The Obama Presidential Center will reportedly include a museum, public library, athletic center, children’s playground and test kitchen. The Obama Presidential Center is being financed mostly through private donations.

  2. Mayor Wang Anshun:

    Holding the Games in a frugal way is not a slogan, it's a reality, we will make full use of our current sports facilities and strictly control construction costs.

  3. Terry Tamminen:

    Our conversation focused on how [sic] create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation, these programs attainable — and include energy efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves with savings, waste reduction projects that can turn every city into a source of new materials and fuels, and transportation projects that will support global trade while reducing traffic and air pollution and make America a leader in sustainable fuel and vehicle technologies.

  4. Michelle Gadd:

    The elephants always take precedence, so our priority is letting them settle in and be undisturbed here and have the whole place to themselves for a while without construction crews, and without disturbance, and without additional elephants even, coming right away.

  5. Matthias Kohler:

    I think this will become a game-changer in construction, I believe so. I think that in the next five to ten years we are going to see mobile robots on the construction site, but they're not going to replace humans. They'll actually collaborate with humans, so the best of each kind of skills come together.

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