from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To form by assembling or combining parts; build.
- transitive v. To create (an argument or a sentence, for example) by systematically arranging ideas or terms.
- transitive v. Mathematics To draw (a geometric figure) that meets specific requirements.
- n. Something formed or constructed from parts.
- n. A concept, model, or schematic idea: a theoretical construct of the atom.
- n. A concrete image or idea: "[He] began to shift focus from the haunted constructs of terror in his early work” ( Stephen Koch).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something constructed from parts.
- n. A concept or model.
- v. To build or form (something) by assembling parts.
- v. Similarly, to build (a sentence or an argument) by arranging words or ideas.
- v. (geometry) To draw (a geometric figure) by following precise specifications and using geometric tools and techniques.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put together the constituent parts of (something) in their proper place and order; to build; to form; to make.
- transitive v. To devise; to invent; to set in order; to arrange.
- adj. Formed by, or relating to, construction, interpretation, or inference.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put together the parts of in their proper place and order; erect; build; form: as, to construct an edifice or a ship.
- To devise and put into orderly arrangement; form by the mind; frame; fabricate; evolve the form of: as, to construct a story.
- To interpret or understand; construe.
- To draw, as a figure, so as to fulfil given conditions. See construction, 4.
- To engage in or practise construction.
- In grammar, constituting or expressing connection as governing substantive with the substantive governed.
- n. Something constructed or created.
- n. In compar. psychol., the mental picture answering to a real or a possible object of sense: regarded as the mental result of the action of external stimuli.
- n. In mathematics, a configuration or surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
- v. reassemble mentally
- v. put together out of artificial or natural components or parts
- v. make by combining materials and parts
- v. create by linking linguistic units
- v. create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts
- v. draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
Latin cōnstruere, cōnstrūct- : com-, com- + struere, to pile up.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin construo ("I heap together, build, make, construct, connect grammatically"), from com- ("together") + struo ("I heap up, pile"). (Wiktionary)