tr.v. con·struct·ed, con·struct·ing, con·structs
1. To form by assembling or combining parts; build.
2. To create (an argument or a sentence, for example) by systematically arranging ideas or terms.
3. Mathematics To draw (a geometric figure) that meets specific requirements.
1. Something formed or constructed from parts.
a. A concept, model, or schematic idea: a theoretical construct of the atom.
b. A concrete image or idea: "[He] began to shift focus from the haunted constructs of terror in his early work" (Stephen Koch).
[Latin cōnstruere, cōnstrūct- : com-, com- + struere, to pile up; see ster-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
con·structor, con·structer n.
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