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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun construction:


Construction is a member of the word family construct, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun construction

What does construction mean as a name of something?

Construction is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: constructions

  1. the act of constructing something
  2. a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
    • example: I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of construction: expression / grammatical construction
    • antonym of construction: misconstruction
    • more generic terms: constituent / grammatical constituent = a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
    • more specific words:
      • adjunct = a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence
      • clause = an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence
      • complement = a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
      • involution = a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction
      • phrase = an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
      • predicator = an expression that predicates
  3. the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
  4. a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    • example: she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of construction: structure
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • repair shed / airdock / hangar = a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained
      • altar = a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
      • colonnade / arcade = a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
      • arch = a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
      • area = a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
      • balcony = a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
      • balcony = an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
      • bascule = a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other
      • boarding = a structure of boards
      • body = the external structure of a vehicle
      • bridge / span = a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
      • building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
      • building complex / complex = a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
      • catchment = a structure in which water is collected
      • spiral / volute / helix / whorl / coil = a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
      • colonnade = structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
      • column / pillar = a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything
      • corner / quoin = solid exterior angle of a building
      • cross = a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
      • deathtrap = any structure that is very unsafe
      • defensive structure / defence / defense = a structure used to defend against attack
      • door = a structure where people live or work
      • entablature = the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
      • erection = a structure that has been erected
      • establishment = a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
      • false bottom = a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box
      • storey / floor / level / story = a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
      • fountain = a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
      • guide = a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
      • house of cards / card-house / cardcastle / cardhouse = an unstable construction with playing cards
      • living accommodations / housing / lodging = structures collectively in which people are housed
      • hull = the frame or body of ship
      • jungle gym = a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
      • lamination = a layered structure
      • landing place / landing = structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
      • observation tower / lookout station / observatory / lookout = a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
      • masonry = structure built of stone or brick by a mason
      • memorial / monument = a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
      • mound / hill = structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones
      • impedimenta / obstruction / impediment / obstructer / obstructor = any structure that makes progress difficult
      • partition / divider = a vertical structure that divides or separates
      • weapons platform / platform = any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
      • porch = a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
      • post and lintel = a structure consisting of vertical beams (posts) supporting a horizontal beam
      • prefab = a prefabricated structure
      • projection = any structure that branches out from a central support
      • public works = structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
      • sail = any structure that resembles a sail
      • set-back / offset / setoff = structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
      • shelter = a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
      • shoebox = a structure resembling a shoebox
      • signboard / sign = structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
      • sports stadium / stadium / arena / bowl = a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
      • superstructure = structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck
      • supporting structure = a structure that serves to support something
      • tower = a structure taller than its diameter
      • transept = structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church
      • trestlework = a supporting structure composed of a system of connected trestles
      • vaulting = a vaulted structure
      • shipway / slipway / ways = structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired
      • wellhead = a structure built over a well
      • wind tunnel = a structure resembling a tunnel where air is blown at known velocities for testing parts of aircraft
      • honeycomb = a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
      • counterbalance / equilibrium / equipoise / balance = equality of distribution
    • parts:
  5. drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem
    • example: the assignment was to make a construction that could be used in proving the Pythagorean theorem
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: mathematical operation / mathematical process / operation = calculation by mathematical methods
    • more specific word: quadrature = the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure
  6. an interpretation of a text or action
    • example: they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of construction: twist
    • more generic word: interpretation = an explanation that results from interpreting something
  7. the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones

Alternative definition of the noun construction


  1. The process of constructing.
  2. Anything that has been constructed.
  3. The trade of building structures
  4. A building, model or some other structure
  5. [arts] A (usually non-representational) structure, such as a collage etc.
  6. The manner in which something is built.
  7. [grammar] A group of words arranged to form a meaningful phrase.
  8. The act or result of construing the meaning of something.
  9. The meaning or interpretation of a text, action etc.; the way something is viewed by an observer or onlooker.
  10. [geometry] A geometric figure of arcs and line segments that is drawable with a straightedge and compass.


Construction – niemiecka grupa tworząca muzykę eurodance. Popularna za sprawą singla "What Is in Love" z 1996 roku.


  1. "Construction" is the title of several pieces by American composer John Cage, all scored for unorthodox percussion instruments. The pieces were composed in 1939–42 while Cage was working at the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and touring the West Coast with a percussion ensemble he and Lou Harrison had founded. The series comprises three Constructions. A piece titled Fourth Construction, mentioned in several sources, is apparently either an unfinished work from 1942 or, more likely, an early title of the work we now know as Imaginary Landscape No. 2.
  2. "construction" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Construction" is a musical album of Soundbytes.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  4. "Construction" is a composition, cataloged instance.


"Construction" is a 2014 comedy romance film directed by Malcolm Goodwin and written by Victor Hawks.


"Construction" is a photography (gelatin silver negative print) by Edward Quigley, taken in (84 years ago).

  • media: gelatin silver negative print


  1. Construction, also referred as construction/reconstruction is a widely used, yet vaguely defined topic of modern psychoanalysis. According to its proponents, Freud in his later writings had already distinguished between construction and interpretation, hence construction/reconstruction is being a kind of "upgrade" of interpretation. There is a strong difference between simple interpretation and construction concerning how to see the past. In the interpretations the past is discovered as a preexisting phenomenon, while in the construction the past is not just simply found, but its also created.
  2. Construction is a print ad.
  3. The construction material used for the structure of this lighthouse.

Phrases with Construction

Phrases starting with the word Construction:

  1. Construction Site
  2. construction paper
  3. Construction Helmet
  4. construction worker
  5. construction industry

Phrases ending with the word Construction:

  1. road construction
  2. grammatical construction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Construction

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Google previewThe CSI Construction Product Representation Practice Guide (2013)

by Construction Specifications Institute

Construction is the execution of the work as required by the contract documents. ... Construction is a team effort that includes the contractors, subcontractors, testing agencies, architect/engineer (A/E), consultants, owner, and authorities having ...

Google previewSyntax over Time (2015)

Lexical, Morphological, and Information-Structural Interactions by Theresa Biberauer, George Walkden

the new construction is a variant of the standard passive in which NP- movement to subject position fails to apply, and the NP gets assigned accusative in ...

Google previewProgress in Cryptology – Mycrypt 2005 (2005)

First International Conference on Cryptology in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 28-30, 2005, Proceedings by Ed Dawson, Serge Vaudenay

Under the p2q factorization assumption the above construction is a secure trapdoor hash family with extremely fast weak altering and the strong altering property. Remark 2. In terminology of commitment schemes the above construction is a ...

Google previewBest-fit Constructional Analysis

The MotionAlongAPath construction is a subcase of the VerbPlusArguments construction which combines (both syntactically and semantically) a verb form with its constituents. The VerbPlusArguments construction is a subcase of ...

Google previewLean In Construction (2014)

Key to Improvements in Time, Cost and Quality by Ade Asefeso MCIPS MBA

Again, Lean construction is a valuable tool in that battle. When there is a lack of workers, there is a tendency to reduce the job requirements to find additional workers. To make this work, the requirements tend to be revised downward so lower ...

Google previewFuzziness and Foundations of Exact and Inexact Sciences (2012)

by Kofi Kissi Dompere

Knowledge construction is a problem-solving process that is executed through an organization, particularly when the...

In other words, the organization of the knowledge construction is an integral part of the human problem-solving and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Construction Terms and Phrases (2013)

by Karl F. Schmid

Construction documents: All drawings, specifications, and addenda associated with a specific construction project. These documents delineate and graphically represent the physical construction requirements established by the A/E.

Google previewDictionary of Architecture and Building Construction (2008)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

T('JF ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION Hlfifilhfi DAWE5 ERKi([]C1lIlP~J|EP1| Dictionary of Architecture and Building Construction. Cover.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Wood (2007)

by U S Dept of Agriculture

National design specification for wood construction. Washington, DC: American Forest & Paper Association.

Google previewAnother Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children (2012)

Over 300 Favorite Activities Created by Teachers by Kathy Charner

Vocabulary above construction worker hammer hard hat next to pliers screwdriver tool belt under wrench Children's Books A Day in the Life ofa Construction Worker by Heather Adamson Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe Toolbox ...

Google previewDictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia (2014)

by Joseph Liow, Michael Leifer

billion, 1,285-megawatt hydropower project whose construction is spearheaded by Thailand's second largest construction ...

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Quotes about Construction

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. (Noelie Altito)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1S1T1R1U1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 12-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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