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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.


Synonymsbuilding


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


Antonymsmisconstruction

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.


Synonymsstructure


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.


Synonymstwist


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.


Synonymsbuilding


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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