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English noun: construction

1. construction (act) the act of constructing something

SamplesDuring the construction we had to take a detour.
His hobby was the building of boats.


Broader (hypernym)creating from raw materials

Narrower (hyponym)assembly, crenelation, crenellation, dry walling, erecting, erection, fabrication, grading, house-raising, leveling, road construction, rustication, ship building, shipbuilding

Domain category memberserect, frame, frame up, groin, preassemble, prefabricate, put up, raise, rear, rebuild, reconstruct, reface, set up, wattle

2. construction (communication) a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit

SamplesI concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner.

Synonymsexpression, grammatical construction

Broader (hypernym)constituent, grammatical constituent

Narrower (hyponym)adjunct, clause, complement, involution, phrase, predicator


3. construction (cognition) the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought

Synonymsmental synthesis

Broader (hypernym)cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process

Narrower (hyponym)crystallization, gestation

4. construction (artifact) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

SamplesThe structure consisted of a series of arches.
She wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons.


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)airdock, altar, arcade, arch, area, arena, balance, balcony, balcony, bascule, boarding, body, bowl, bridge, building, building complex, card-house, cardcastle, cardhouse, catchment, coil, colonnade, colonnade, column, complex, corner, counterbalance, cross, deathtrap, defence, defense, defensive structure, divider, door, edifice, entablature, equilibrium, equipoise, erection, establishment, false bottom, floor, fountain, guide, hangar, helix, hill, honeycomb, house of cards, housing, hull, impediment, impedimenta, jungle gym, lamination, landing, landing place, level, living accommodations, lodging, lookout, lookout station, masonry, memorial, monument, mound, observation tower, observatory, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, offset, partition, pillar, platform, porch, post and lintel, prefab, projection, public works, quoin, repair shed, sail, set-back, setoff, shelter, shipway, shoebox, sign, signboard, slipway, span, spiral, sports stadium, stadium, storey, story, superstructure, supporting structure, tower, transept, trestlework, vaulting, volute, ways, weapons platform, wellhead, whorl, wind tunnel

Part holonymbase, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, plate, structural member, substructure, understructure

5. construction (act) drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem

SamplesThe assignment was to make a construction that could be used in proving the Pythagorean theorem.

Broader (hypernym)mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation

Narrower (hyponym)quadrature

6. construction (communication) an interpretation of a text or action

SamplesThey put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct.


Broader (hypernym)interpretation

7. construction (act) the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones

SamplesTheir main business is home construction.
Workers in the building trades.


Broader (hypernym)business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

Narrower (hyponym)jerry-building

Part holonymhouse painting, masonry, painting, plumbery, plumbing, roofing, sheet-metal work, shingling

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