What does construction mean?

Definitions for construction
kənˈstrʌk ʃəncon·struc·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word construction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. construction, building(noun)

    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, expression(noun)

    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 synthesis(noun)

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

  4. structure, construction(noun)

    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. construction(noun)

    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, twist(noun)

    an interpretation of a text or action

    "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"

  7. construction, building(noun)

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

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


  1. construction(Noun)

    The process of constructing.

    Construction is underway on the new bridge.

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

  2. construction(Noun)

    Anything that has been constructed.

    The engineer marvelled at his construction.

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

  3. construction(Noun)

    The trade of building structures

    He had worked in construction all his life.

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

  4. construction(Noun)

    A building, model or some other structure

    The office was a construction of steel and glass

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

  5. construction(Noun)

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

    "Construction in string and clockwork" took first prize

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

  6. construction(Noun)

    The manner in which something is built.

    A thing of simple construction

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

  7. construction(Noun)

    A group of words arranged to form a meaningful phrase.

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

  8. construction(Noun)

    The act or result of construing the meaning of something.

    American conservatives tend to favor strict construction of the Constitution.

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

  9. construction(Noun)

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

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

  10. construction(Noun)

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

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


  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. Construction(noun)

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

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

  2. Construction(noun)

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

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

  3. Construction(noun)

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

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

  4. Construction(noun)

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

    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

How to pronounce construction?

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How to say construction in sign language?

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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. The World Bank:

    The predominant driver of growth will be an increase in ... the construction sector, with this growth driven by Uganda's significant investments in public infrastructure.

  2. Paul Harrington:

    We would have expected at this stage of the recovery, construction payrolls rebounding a lot better than they have.

  3. Dejan Milovac:

    We have no doubt that the data that the ministry of transport used in order to justify the construction of the highway are fabricated.

  4. Rose Bogaert:

    I think we all understand that these things have to be done to keep the site safe, but these are costs that should have been built into the price of construction, that’s why we say dump it.

  5. Melysa Sperber:

    Malaysia has forced labor in agriculture, construction, electronics, textiles and domestic service in homes, and was rightly given a Tier 3 ranking last year — a move we and other groups in the trafficking world supported.

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Translations for construction

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  • مبنى, بناء, اعمال بناءArabic
  • tikintiAzerbaijani
  • конструкция, постройка, сграда, строеж, строителствоBulgarian
  • stavba, konstrukce, stavebnictvíCzech
  • konstruktionDanish
  • Bau, Konstruktion, Satzbau, Bauwerk, Bauwesen, AufbauGerman
  • κατασκευή, οικοδομικήGreek
  • konstruaĵo, konstruado, konstruoEsperanto
  • construcciónSpanish
  • konstruktio, rakennelma, rakennusala, rakennustyö, rakentaminen, rakenneFinnish
  • constructionFrench
  • togailScottish Gaelic
  • מבנה, בניין, בנייהHebrew
  • निर्माण, इमारतHindi
  • szerkezet, építkezés, építésHungarian
  • konstruksiIndonesian
  • konstruktadoIdo
  • costruzioneItalian
  • ビル, 建物, 建設Japanese
  • សំណង់Khmer
  • 建設, 건설Korean
  • ConstructioLatin
  • ການກໍ່ສ້າງ, ຊາງລໍLao
  • būveLatvian
  • байгууллага, барилгаMongolian
  • budowa, budowlaPolish
  • obra, construçãoPortuguese
  • construire, clădire, construcție, structură, operăRomanian
  • строение, строительство, постройка, конструкция, построение, стройкаRussian
  • građevinarstvo, konstrukcijaSerbo-Croatian
  • konstruksionAlbanian
  • konstruktionSwedish
  • การก่อสร้างThai
  • konstruksyonTagalog
  • inşaatTurkish
  • عمارتUrdu

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