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.


  1. construction

    Construction refers to the process of building or assembling structures, systems, or infrastructure. It involves the systematic arrangement and assembly of various materials such as bricks, concrete, steel, and wood, according to architectural plans or engineering designs. Construction encompasses a wide range of activities, including excavation, foundation laying, structural framing, electrical and plumbing installations, finishing work, and landscaping. It can be undertaken for residential, commercial, industrial, or public purposes.

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. Bonnie Glaser:

    The persistence of dredging, along with construction and militarization on China’s artificial islands, underscore Beijing’s unwillingness to exercise self-restraint and look for diplomatic paths to reduce tensions, on the eve of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, Beijing appears to be sending a message to President Barack Obama that China is determined to advance its interests in the South China Sea even if doing so results in heightened tensions with the United States.

  2. Jonathan Scott:

    The Oscar winner wanted everybody to feel like The Oscar winner was spending some time getting to know them, at the very end The Oscar winner remembered every single person's name on the production crew and on the construction crew. The Oscar winner remembered everybody and wanted to make sure that they knew how grateful The Oscar winner was for what was happening. The Oscar winner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

  3. Director Kiyoshi Imamura:

    We also see increased activities in construction projects in Japan.

  4. Hani Dimian:

    If you look at the boosters of that growth, you find that manufacturing is coming back, telecommunication and construction and partially early signs of the return of tourism.

  5. Stefano Vanacore:

    People find houses closed, lots of construction sites open, and it is difficult to get around, if it weren't for the December deadline we would have done everything more gradually.

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