a. The act or process of constructing.
b. The art, trade, or work of building: an engineer trained in highway construction; worked in construction for seven years.
a. A structure, such as a building, framework, or model.
b. Something fashioned or devised systematically: a nation that was glorious in its historical construction.
c. An artistic composition using various materials; an assemblage or a collage.
3. The way in which something is built or put together: a shelter of simple construction.
4. The interpretation or explanation given to an expression or a statement: I was inclined to put a favorable construction on his reply.
5. Grammar An arrangement of words forming a grammatical phrase, clause, or sentence.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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