(?), n. [L. constructio: cf. F. construction.] 1. The process or art of constructing; the act of building; erection; the act of devising and forming; fabrication; composition.
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2. The form or manner of building or putting together the parts of anything; structure; arrangement.
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An astrolabe of peculiar construction.
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3. (Gram.) The arrangement and connection of words in a sentence; syntactical arrangement.
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Some particles . . . in certain constructions have the sense of a whole sentence contained in them.
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4. The method of construing, interpreting, or explaining a declaration or fact; an attributed sense or meaning; understanding; explanation; interpretation; sense.
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Any person . . . might, by the sort of construction that would be put on this act, become liable to the penalties of treason.
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Strictly, the term [construction] signifies determining the meaning and proper effect of language by a consideration of the subject matter and attendant circumstances in connection with the words employed.
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Interpretation properly precedes construction, but it does not go beyond the written text.
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Construction of an equation (Math.), the drawing of such lines and figures as will represent geometrically the quantities in the equation, and their relations to each other. -- Construction train (Railroad), a train for transporting men and materials for construction or repairs.
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