con·struct • v. / kənˈstrəkt/ [tr.] build or erect (something, typically a building, road, or machine). ∎ form (an idea or theory) by bringing together various conceptual elements, typically over a period of time. ∎ Gram. form (a sentence) according to grammatical rules. ∎ Geom. draw or delineate (a geometric figure) accurately to given conditions. • n. / ˈkänˌstrəkt/ an idea or theory containing various conceptual elements, typically one considered to be subjective and not based on empirical evidence. ∎ Linguistics a group of words forming a phrase. ∎ a physical thing that is deliberately built or formed. DERIVATIVES: con·struct·i·ble adj. con·struc·tor / -tər/ n.
So construction A. †construing XIV; interpretation XV; (gram.) syntactical arrangement XVI; B. building XV; mode of building, etc. XVI. — (O)F. — L. constructive inferential XVII; pert. to construction XIX.