Pronunciation: (kun-struk'shun), [key]
1. the act or art of constructing.
2. the way in which a thing is constructed: a building of solid construction.
3. something that is constructed; a structure.
4. the occupation or industry of building: He works in construction.
a. the arrangement of two or more forms in a grammatical unit. Constructions involving bound forms are often called morphological, as the bound forms fif- and -teen. Those involving only free forms are often called syntactic, as the good man, in the house. Cf. bound form, free form.
b. a word or phrase consisting of two or more forms arranged in a particular way.
c. a group of words or morphemes for which there is a rule in some part of the grammar.
6. explanation or interpretation, as of a law, a text, or an action.
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