construction

The creation or building of something is construction. Depending on your budget, if you are building a new house, you will get the construction of a castle, a house, a cottage, or a shack.

The word construction has its roots in the Latin word construere, which itself has roots in com-, meaning "together," and struere meaning "to pile up." In addition to the building of property, the noun construction also refers to the building trade itself. If you work for a company that builds things — from offices to houses and bridges to dams — you work in construction, whether you are a carpenter at the work site or the secretary who schedules the jobs.

Definitions of construction
  1. noun
    the act of constructing something
    “during the construction we had to take a detour”
    synonyms: building
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    crenelation, crenellation
    the action of constructing ramparts with gaps for firing guns or arrows
    erecting, erection
    the act of building or putting up
    house-raising
    construction by a group of neighbors
    assembly, fabrication
    the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)
    dry walling
    the activity of building stone walls without mortar
    grading, leveling
    changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface
    road construction
    the construction of roads
    ship building, shipbuilding
    the construction of ships
    rustication
    the construction of masonry or brickwork in a rustic manner
    type of:
    creating from raw materials
    the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
  2. noun
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    “she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons”
    synonyms: structure
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    airdock, hangar, repair shed
    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
    arcade, colonnade
    a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
    arch
    (architecture) 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 (on the principle of the seesaw)
    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 (especially a natural drainage area)
    coil, helix, spiral, volute, whorl
    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 (such as a monument)
    corner, quoin
    (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
    cross
    a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
    deathtrap
    any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed
    defence, defense, defensive structure
    a structure used to defend against attack
    door
    a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road)
    entablature
    (architecture) 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 (especially one built close to the actual bottom)
    floor, level, storey, 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
    card-house, cardcastle, cardhouse, house of cards
    an unstable construction with playing cards
    housing, living accommodations, lodging
    structures collectively in which people are housed
    hull
    the frame or body of a ship
    jungle gym
    a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
    lamination
    a layered structure
    landing, landing place
    structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
    lookout, lookout station, observation tower, observatory
    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
    hill, mound
    structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones
    impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor
    any structure that makes progress difficult
    divider, partition
    a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
    platform, weapons 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 (lintel)
    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
    offset, set-back, 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 (as a rectangular building or a cramped room or compartment)
    sign, signboard
    structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
    arena, bowl, sports stadium, stadium
    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; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building
    transept
    structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles
    trestlework
    a supporting structure composed of a system of connected trestles; for a bridge or pier or scaffold e.g.
    vaulting
    (architecture) 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
    balance, counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise
    equality of distribution
    abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse
    a building where animals are butchered
    abutment arch
    an arch supported by an abutment
    academy
    a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
    aisle
    part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
    amphitheater, amphitheatre, coliseum
    an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
    apartment, flat
    a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
    apartment building, apartment house
    a building that is divided into apartments
    architecture
    an architectural product or work
    arm, branch, limb
    any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    auditorium
    the area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits
    aviary, bird sanctuary, volary
    a building where birds are kept
    back porch
    a porch for the back door
    baggage claim
    an area in an airport where arriving passengers can collect the luggage that has been carried in the hold of the aircraft
    Bailey bridge
    a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
    ballpark, park
    a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
    bar
    an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
    barbette
    (formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
    barbacan, barbican
    a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)
    barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
    basement, cellar
    the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
    bathhouse, bathing machine
    a building containing dressing rooms for bathers
    beacon, beacon light, lighthouse, pharos
    a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
    bell tower
    a tower that supports or shelters a bell
    billboard, hoarding
    large outdoor signboard
    billet
    lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
    block
    housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
    blockade
    something that prevents access or progress
    block, blockage, closure, occlusion, stop, stoppage
    an obstruction in a pipe or tube
    boards
    the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink
    bodywork
    the exterior body of a motor vehicle
    bowling alley
    a building that contains several alleys for bowling
    box
    any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
    brass, memorial tablet, plaque
    a memorial made of brass
    brattice
    a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine
    breakfast area, breakfast nook
    a place for light meals (usually near a kitchen)
    brickwork
    masonry done with bricks and mortar
    brim
    a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
    broken arch
    an arch with a gap at the apex; the gap is usually filled with some decoration
    bulkhead
    a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
    bullpen
    a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game
    bullring
    a stadium where bullfights take place
    barrow, burial mound, grave mound, tumulus
    (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
    burr
    rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
    camber arch
    an arch with a straight horizontal extrados and a slightly arched intrados
    camp
    temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers
    cantilever bridge
    bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
    cattle grid, cattle guard
    a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
    cenotaph, empty tomb
    a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered
    center, centre
    a building dedicated to a particular activity
    bema, chancel, sanctuary
    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
    chapterhouse
    a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter
    cheval-de-frise, chevaux-de-frise
    defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry
    choir
    the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
    church tower
    the tower of a church
    circus
    (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
    cleat
    a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
    clock tower
    a tower with a large clock visible high up on an outside face
    club, clubhouse
    a building that is occupied by a social club
    college
    a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
    condominium
    housing consisting of a complex of dwelling units (as an apartment house) in which each unit is individually owned
    control tower
    a tower with an elevated workspace enclosed in glass for the visual observation of aircraft around an airport
    cookhouse
    a detached or outdoor shelter for cooking
    corbel arch
    (architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet
    corner, nook
    an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
    cornice
    the topmost projecting part of an entablature
    court, courtyard
    an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
    covered bridge
    a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
    dead-air space
    an unventilated area where no air circulates
    deck
    a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
    deck-house
    a superstructure on the upper deck of a ship
    dining area
    an area arranged for dining
    dock, dockage, docking facility
    landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out
    covered stadium, dome, domed stadium
    a stadium that has a roof
    dorm, dormitory, hall, residence hall, student residence
    a college or university building containing living quarters for students
    drawbridge, lift bridge
    a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
    bubbler, drinking fountain, water fountain
    a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water
    drip, drip mold, drip mould
    (architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
    dry masonry
    masonry without mortar
    dugout
    either of two low shelters on either side of a baseball diamond where the players and coaches sit during the game
    abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
    housing that someone is living in
    embankment
    a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
    fallout shelter
    a shelter to protect occupants from the fallout from an atomic bomb
    fan vaulting
    an elaborate system of vaulting in which the ribs diverge like fans
    farm building
    a building on a farm
    feedlot
    a building where livestock are fattened for market
    firetrap
    a building that would be hard to escape from if it were to catch fire
    flange, rim
    a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
    flashboard, flashboarding
    boarding place along the top of a dam to increase its height
    flat arch, straight arch
    an arch with mutually supporting voussoirs that has a straight horizontal extrados and intrados
    flue, fluke
    flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor
    football stadium
    a stadium where football games are held
    footbridge, overcrossing, pedestrian bridge
    a bridge designed for pedestrians
    fortification, munition
    defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
    fort, fortress
    a fortified defensive structure
    framework
    a structure supporting or containing something
    front porch
    a porch for the front door
    fuselage
    the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
    gallery
    narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
    gambling den, gambling hell, gambling house, gaming house
    a public building in which a variety of games of chance can be played (operated as a business)
    gazebo, summerhouse
    a small roofed building affording shade and rest
    goalmouth
    (sports) the area immediately in front of the goal
    government building
    a building that houses a branch of government
    gravestone, headstone, tombstone
    a stone that is used to mark a grave
    glasshouse, greenhouse, nursery
    a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
    first floor, ground floor, ground level
    the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
    gun enclosure, gun turret, turret
    a self-contained weapons platform housing guns and capable of rotation
    hall
    a large building for meetings or entertainment
    hall
    a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research
    Hall of Fame
    a building containing trophies honoring famous people
    hank
    a coil of rope or wool or yarn
    haven, oasis
    a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
    head
    a projection out from one end
    hideaway, retreat
    an area where you can be alone
    high altar
    the main altar in a church
    high-rise, tower block
    tower consisting of a multistoried building of offices or apartments
    encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    hippodrome
    a stadium for horse shows or horse races
    hospice
    a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)
    hostel, student lodging, youth hostel
    inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)
    hotel
    a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
    casino-hotel, hotel-casino
    a building that houses both a hotel and a casino
    house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
    house
    a building in which something is sheltered or located
    hovel, hut, hutch, shack, shanty
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    army hut, field hut, hut
    temporary military shelter
    institution
    an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
    boss, knob
    a circular rounded projection or protuberance
    laminate
    a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
    library
    a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
    line of defence, line of defense
    defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack
    living quarters, quarters
    housing available for people to live in
    lobe
    a rounded projection that is part of a larger structure
    attic, garret, loft
    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
    loft, pigeon loft
    a raised shelter in which pigeons are kept
    loft
    floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
    loge
    balcony consisting of the forward section of a theater mezzanine
    loggia
    a roofed arcade or gallery with open sides stretching along the front or side of a building; often at an upper level
    lug
    a projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something
    mantelet, mantlet
    portable bulletproof shelter
    health facility, healthcare facility, medical building
    building where medicine is practiced
    megalith, megalithic structure
    memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
    entresol, mezzanine, mezzanine floor
    intermediate floor just above the ground floor
    first balcony, mezzanine
    first or lowest balcony
    minaret
    slender tower with balconies
    ministry
    building where the business of a government department is transacted
    manufactured home, mobile home
    a large house trailer that can be connected to utilities and can be parked in one place and used as permanent housing
    mooring mast, mooring tower
    a tower for mooring airships
    dead room, morgue, mortuary
    a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
    national monument
    memorial consisting of a structure or natural landmark of historic interest; set aside by national government for preservation and public enjoyment
    nave
    the central area of a church
    obelisk
    a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
    observation dome
    lookout consisting of a dome-shaped observatory
    observatory
    a building designed and equipped to observe astronomical phenomena
    obstacle
    an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)
    office block, office building
    a building containing offices where work is done
    opium den
    a building where opium is sold and used
    orchestra pit, pit
    lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
    outbuilding
    a building that is subordinate to and separate from a main building
    outwork
    subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
    overhang
    projection that extends beyond or hangs over something else
    flyover, overpass
    bridge formed by the upper level of a crossing of two highways at different levels
    packinghouse
    a building where foodstuffs are processed and packed
    panopticon
    an area where everything is visible
    pantheon
    a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes
    patio, terrace
    usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence
    perfumery
    an establishment where perfumes are made
    peristyle
    a colonnade surrounding a building or enclosing a court
    phrontistery
    an establishment for study and learning (sometimes including modern universities)
    pied-a-terre
    lodging for occasional or secondary use
    pier arch
    an arch supported on piers
    pit
    (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
    pit
    (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
    business establishment, place of business
    an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
    house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship
    any building where congregations gather for prayer
    planetarium
    a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling
    industrial plant, plant, works
    buildings for carrying on industrial labor
    pointed arch
    an arch with a pointed apex; characteristic of Gothic architecture
    bateau bridge, floating bridge, pontoon bridge
    a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
    poorhouse
    an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless
    portico
    a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
    presbytery
    building reserved for the officiating clergy
    press gallery
    an area (sometimes in a balcony) set aside for reporters (especially in a legislative hall)
    prong
    a pointed projection
    proscenium arch
    the arch over the opening in the proscenium wall
    lay-by, layby, pull-off, rest area, rest stop
    designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarily
    power pylon, pylon
    a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines
    pylon
    a tower for guiding pilots or marking the turning point in a race
    quad, quadrangle
    a rectangular area surrounded on all sides by buildings
    quartering
    living accommodations (especially those assigned to military personnel)
    rampant arch
    an arch whose support is higher on one side than on the other
    rattrap
    filthy run-down dilapidated housing
    asylum, refuge, sanctuary
    a shelter from danger or hardship
    eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant
    a building where people go to eat
    rest house
    a building used for shelter by travelers (especially in areas where there are no hotels)
    ribbon development
    building complex in a continuous row along a road
    rink, skating rink
    building that contains a surface for ice skating or roller skating
    Roman building
    a building constructed by the ancient Romans
    room
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    rope bridge
    a bridge consisting of ropes
    rotunda
    a building having a circular plan and a dome
    round arch
    an arch formed in a continuous curve; characteristic of Roman architecture
    rowlock arch
    an arch that is formed with more than one concentric row of voussoirs
    ruin
    a ruined building
    safety arch
    an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction
    sandwich board
    signboard consisting of two hinged boards that hang front and back from the shoulders of a walker and are used to display advertisements
    school, schoolhouse
    a building where young people receive education
    school system
    establishment including the plant and equipment for providing education from kindergarten through high school
    scoinson arch, sconcheon arch
    an arch that supports part of the wall
    sconce
    a shelter or screen providing protection from enemy fire or from the weather
    scoreboard
    a large board for displaying the score of a contest (and some other information)
    screen
    partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
    family circle, peanut gallery, second balcony, upper balcony
    rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
    segmental arch
    a shallow arch; an arch that is less than a semicircle
    Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Wonders of the World
    impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
    shelter
    temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons
    shingle
    a small signboard outside the office of a lawyer or doctor, e.g.
    shooting gallery
    a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin
    shot tower
    tower of a kind once used to make shot; molten lead was poured through a sieve and dropped into water
    shouldered arch
    an arch consisting of a horizontal lintel supported at each end by corbels that project into the aperture
    signal box, signal tower
    a building from which signals are sent to control the movements of railway trains
    silo
    a cylindrical tower used for storing silage
    diminished arch, scheme arch, skeen arch, skene arch
    an arch whose height is less than half its width
    frame, skeletal frame, skeleton, underframe
    the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
    skew arch
    an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face
    skybox
    an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
    skyscraper
    a very tall building with many stories
    snow bank, snowbank
    a mound or heap of snow
    spike
    a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
    squinch
    a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
    steel arch bridge
    a steel bridge constructed in the form of an arch
    spire, steeple
    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
    stonework
    masonry done with stone
    stoep, stoop
    small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
    storage space
    the area in any structure that provides space for storage
    cyclone cellar, storm cellar, tornado cellar
    an underground shelter where you can go until a storm passes
    fastness, stronghold
    a strongly fortified defensive structure
    student union
    a building on a college campus dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body
    support
    supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation
    supporting tower
    a tower that serves to support something
    suspension bridge
    a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are anchored at both ends
    tap house, tavern
    a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
    telco building, telecom hotel
    a building that houses telecommunications equipment
    temple
    an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
    tenon
    a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint
    collapsible shelter, tent
    a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)
    house, theater, theatre
    a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
    threshing floor
    a floor or ground area for threshing or treading out grain
    toll bridge
    a bridge where toll is charged for crossing
    tooth
    something resembling the tooth of an animal
    tooth
    one of a number of uniform projections on a gear
    totem pole
    a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
    tract housing
    housing consisting of similar houses constructed together on a tract of land
    trestle bridge
    a bridge supported by trestlework
    trimmer arch
    an arch built between trimmers in a floor (to support the weight of a hearth)
    triumphal arch
    a monumental archway; usually they are built to commemorate some notable victory
    truss bridge
    a bridge supported by trusses
    Tudor arch, four-centered arch
    a low elliptical or pointed arch; usually drawn from four centers
    tumbler
    a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
    turnaround
    an area sufficiently large for a vehicle to turn around
    turret
    a small tower extending above a building
    university
    establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
    gallery, veranda, verandah
    a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
    viaduct
    bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
    wall
    an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
    watchtower
    an observation tower for a lookout to watch over prisoners or watch for fires or enemies
    bagnio, bawdyhouse, bordello, brothel, cathouse, house of ill repute, house of prostitution, sporting house
    a building where prostitutes are available
    widow's walk
    a lookout atop a coastal house
    conformation
    a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing
    proportion, symmetry
    balance among the parts of something
    median
    a paved or landscaped dividing area between opposing lanes of travel on a highway
    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  3. noun
    the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
    “their main business is home construction
    synonyms: building
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    types:
    jerry-building
    construction of inferior buildings for a quick profit
    type of:
    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  4. 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”
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    types:
    quadrature
    the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure
    type of:
    mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation
    (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods
  5. noun
    the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
    synonyms: mental synthesis
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    types:
    crystallisation, crystallization
    a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
    gestation
    the conception and development of an idea or plan
    type of:
    cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  6. noun
    an interpretation of a text or action
    “they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct”
    synonyms: twist
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    type of:
    interpretation
    an explanation that results from interpreting something
  7. 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”
    synonyms: expression, grammatical construction
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    Antonyms:
    misconstruction
    an ungrammatical constituent
    types:
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    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
    (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete 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
    independent clause, main clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence
    coordinate clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that is grammatically equivalent to the main clause and that performs the same grammatical function
    dependent clause, subordinate clause
    a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
    relative clause
    a clause introduced by a relative pronoun
    parenthetical, parenthetical expression
    an expression in parentheses
    nominal, nominal phrase, noun phrase
    a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
    predicate, verb phrase
    one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
    prepositional phrase
    a phrase beginning with a preposition
    pronominal, pronominal phrase
    a phrase that functions as a pronoun
    response
    a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister
    catch phrase, catchphrase
    a phrase that has become a catchword
    type of:
    constituent, grammatical constituent
    (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
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