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▪ The Ballot itself was carefully constructed to maximize support for the League, and minimize areas of disagreement.
▪ The teacher can often save lengthy explanation by carefully constructing a diagram or chart which encapsulates the main points of a lesson.
▪ They were constructed carefully, sometimes as exact circles, sometimes as partial ellipses.
▪ But if the School Development Plan has been carefully constructed, it should make the process easier.
▪ This, it can be argued, is socially constructed and varies over time.
▪ Clearly many issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, and even poverty are socially constructed problems.
▪ He argues, in short, that actual forms of kinship are socially constructed.
▪ It is a deliberate artifact of culture, and is socially constructed in myriad ways.
▪ Can we see gender being socially constructed along with the technology?
▪ One involving, for example, relationships between classes or between men and women as they are socially constructed?
▪ Various Volunteers spent periods of from three to twelve months doing unskilled pick and shovel work, constructing school buildings.
▪ Significantly, more recent housing in the same development has been constructed without either high-rise building or segregated traffic arrangements.
▪ Behaviour is just as amenable to a planning process as, say, constructing a building.
▪ A suitable developer was found to construct the new building.
▪ The total man-hours required to construct such a building is impossible to estimate.
▪ We have asked the people who constructed this building to take over the theatre in January until March.
▪ Pupils are required to construct simple concept maps.
▪ According to Piaget, each child must construct the concept out of his or her active interactions with others.
▪ The meaning of a word is the constructed concept we attach to it.
▪ The problem is that young children typically have not yet constructed concepts of intentionality.
▪ Both correct answers and correct reasoning are necessary to conclude that the child has fully constructed the concept.
▪ Aunt Margaret helped Victoria construct a high house from a greasy set of playing cards on the kitchen floor.
▪ It enables the builder to construct low-cost houses and yesterday the Mayor, Coun Eddie Bolland, performed the topping out ceremony.
▪ She won a prize for the best self-constructed house in the city and started a construction firm.
▪ She would manage very well: the world was constructed in order to house people like her.
▪ As with other knowledge, children construct moral knowledge and reasoning out of their actions in the environment.
▪ Through actions like these, children discover and construct their knowledge of sand.
▪ It is therefore reasonable to expect children who live in the same or a similar environment to construct similar physical knowledge.
▪ The greatest variability in constructed knowledge among people is probably found in their social knowledge.
▪ Children construct social knowledge from and within the sociocultural communities they live in and experience.
▪ Unlike most deconstructionist critics today, Goethe went beyond the assertion that modern science consists largely of constructed knowledge.
▪ The child can be seen as constructing knowledge at a primitive level, trying to make sense of the surrounding world.
▪ On the other hand, as we have seen, differences between cultures in constructed logical-mathematical knowledge are minor in comparison.
▪ A quite different method of evaluation is to construct a process model which seeks to relate input to output.
▪ Throughout, the emphasis is on constructing multiple alternative models, which can be explored and tested against each other.
▪ Copying also includes the use of one image to make another, like constructing a model from some one else's drawing.
▪ They constructed a circular model, where both parties in a conversation are shown as having virtually the same functions.
▪ The researcher has constructed computer models which predict tax and benefit entitlement under the present system, and after any possible reforms.
▪ However, a problem arose when one tried to use such theories to construct a model of the atom.
▪ Rawls constructs his model soas to argue for the primacy of an equality of needs.
▪ The wheels were made of wood and constructed in the Road Vehicle Shop.
▪ The federal government obligingly constructed logging roads into the wildernesses at public expense to accommodate the trucks and men and machinery.
▪ Others would move on to wherever their skills were required to construct railways, roads or canals.
▪ He also constructed the road along the S side of the Upper Llugwy Valley and the one along this valley.
▪ It constructs roads, flattens hills, digs canals, builds harbours, employs workers, contracts for services.
▪ Detailed evaluations can be carried out on this mock-up before the real system is constructed.
▪ His two-program package constructs the systems from training examples.
▪ The government needs advice on constructing a tax system for a decentralised economy.
▪ They have demonstrated that it is possible to construct systems of clinical budgeting in acute hospitals.
▪ These devices illustrate the potential for an easily constructed microchip system with a carbon paste detector that exhibits adjustable selectivity.
▪ A forum, quays, harbours, villas, baths and theatres were constructed also a system of water conservation and control.
System generation is for performing pilot tests, establishing a development and test environments and constructing new systems.
▪ In the meantime, Beckenham U.D.C. did apply for powers to construct a tramway system.
▪ In order to construct an integrated theory of linguistic competence, it is essential to discover the logical ordering of components or levels.
▪ I will construct a theory of self that posits the following: 1.
▪ From 1915 Laski had worked to construct a theory of the state appropriate to modern times.
▪ Hayek, however, constructs his theory in such a manner as to render such criticisms difficult to sustain.
▪ Is he able to construct a coherent theory?
▪ We have even constructed elaborate theories to make us feel better about the lives older people lead.
▪ This implied that it was possible to construct a rational theory based on these objective laws.
▪ The latter had two locations which were equidistant from the two furnaces which were constructed on that wall to the north.
▪ This allowed disaster relief experts to construct a new stone wall to reinforce the dam.
▪ According to Imperial records the horde gathered at the coast and began to construct a huge fleet.
▪ With these he could begin to construct the illustrated history of his subject, starting with a false name.
▪ Sabat and Harré have recognized these problems and begun to construct a meaningful way of generating answers.
▪ Children begin to construct knowledge about rules and justice, although typically they have not yet developed fully a concept of intentionality.
▪ There are many ways of designing and constructing basements.
▪ He also explained that to be successful it would have to be carefully designed and properly constructed.
▪ Eventually a crawler was designed and constructed by the Marion Power Shovel Company.
▪ Louis, Mo.-based firm Hubble and Co., which designed and constructed the building.
▪ Aunt Margaret helped Victoria construct a high house from a greasy set of playing cards on the kitchen floor.
▪ Among other things, this will help the analysts to construct an interview plan.
▪ In recent years, the outage has been used to construct or commission major capital projects to extend the plants' capability.
▪ Some aphasics can repeat back a sentence containing words they find hard to use when constructing a sentence themselves.
▪ The drawing technique of shared radii can be used to construct a variety of curvilinear shapes.
▪ A geometry class was using computers to construct isosceles triangles and prove that two of their angles were equal.
▪ Tamayo's insistence on using new materials to construct his prints is very much part of a long tradition in modern art.
▪ The materials used to construct biosensors, and their covering layers, are important in determining the practical success of the biosensor.
▪ Hobson's work is mainly remembered because Lenin used it to construct his own, quite distinct, theory of imperialism.
▪ This we have used to construct and maintain a database of management job evaluation results.
Construct a square with 2-inch-long sides.
▪ Developers want to construct a replica of the 19th century steam yacht.
▪ It is easy to construct a wooden framework for plants to grow against.
▪ New freeway ramps are being constructed in San Bruno.
▪ The city council has plans for constructing two new schools and a hospital.
▪ The city has announced a plan to construct another runway at LaGuardia Airport.
▪ The roof frames were constructed from thick, heavy timbers.
▪ This elegant two-storey stone building was constructed in 1889.
▪ But it has endured because it was constructed of brick and volcanic rock between 1783 and 1792.
▪ Economic models will be constructed to explain the differing unemployment experience of different individuals in each of these markets.
▪ He argues, in short, that actual forms of kinship are socially constructed.
▪ In addition, it is necessary to follow how the calendar itself was constructed.
▪ Incongruities prohibit constructing a unified picture of anything we could call Orphism.
▪ There they construct a small royal cell.
▪ Through actions like these, children discover and construct their knowledge of sand.
▪ Types, assemblages, and cultures are all artificial constructs designed to put order into disordered evidence.
▪ In short, he concluded without reservation that the canals were artificial constructs of technologically advanced alien beings.
▪ When they become smarter, of course, artificial life constructs will have to go out to work.
▪ Gandhi describes religions as human constructs or expressions of that which underlies them and gives them reality.
▪ It was all right, maybe, for Stephen Hawking to airily dismiss time as a human construct.
▪ A mental construct arising from a misapprehension of the relationship between the crofter and his land.
▪ It is important to see that the physical world is a mental, theoretical construct.
▪ This is perfectly understandable if in fact after passives the to infinitive evokes a mental construct.
▪ In other words, it is a social construct.
▪ Within social geography these constructs have been used to examine landscape identity.
▪ It is not fully clear what are the elements on which these social constructs of sexuality play.
▪ An objective criterion is a typically social construct and presupposes a degree of inter-subjective understanding and cooperation.
▪ Such models comprise theoretical constructs of variables which are interrelated, and significant in influencing the outcome of a purchase motivation.
▪ It is important to see that the physical world is a mental, theoretical construct.
▪ To say that the physical world is a theoretical construct is not to say that it does not really exist.
▪ Psychologists use personal construct theory to get people to determine their own values and beliefs.
▪ Whichever approach they use, they learn that using a construct always involves making choices.
▪ Each view of the world can be described using personal constructs which can be elicited by the use of a Repertory Grid.
▪ The resulting quantum logic was initiated by the mathematicians John von Neumann and Garret Birkhoff, using mathematical constructs called lattices.
▪ It is these social constructs that determine our relations to each other.
▪ The list of constructs can be endless.
▪ The predominance these spatial constructs have for the ordinary constable is essential to an understanding of the police mind.
▪ The work construct outlined accepts much of the feminist argument.
▪ This is to be achieved through the construction of ideal-types and second-order constructs.
▪ Where there are no constructs, no adequate perception or understanding can be achieved.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Construct \Con*struct"\ (k[o^]n*str[u^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constructed; p. pr. & vb. n. Constructing.] [L. constructus, p. p. of construere to bring together, to construct; con- + struere to pile up, set in order. See Structure, and cf. Construe.]

  1. To put together the constituent parts of (something) in their proper place and order; to build; to form; to make; as, to construct an edifice.

  2. To devise; to invent; to set in order; to arrange; as, to construct a theory of ethics.

    Syn: To build; erect; form; compile; make; fabricate; originate; invent.


Construct \Con"struct\,

  1. Formed by, or relating to, construction, interpretation, or inference.

    Construct form or Construct state (He

  2. Gram.), that of a noun used before another which has the genitive relation to it.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Related: Constructed; constructing.


1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.).


n. 1 Something constructed from parts. 2 A concept or model. 3 (genetics) A segment of nucleic acid, created artificially, for transplantation into a target cell or tissue. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To build or form (something) by assemble parts. 2 (context transitive English) Similarly, to build (a sentence, an argument, etc.) by arranging words or ideas. 3 (context transitive geometry English) To draw (a geometric figure) by following precise specifications and using geometric tools and techniques.

  1. v. make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer" [syn: build, make]

  2. put together out of components or parts; "the company fabricates plastic chairs"; "They manufacture small toys" [syn: manufacture, fabricate]

  3. draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; "construct an equilateral triangle"

  4. create by linking linguistic units; "construct a sentence"; "construct a paragraph"

  5. create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts; "construct a proof"; "construct an argument"

  6. reassemble mentally; "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago" [syn: reconstruct, retrace]


n. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances [syn: concept, conception] [ant: misconception]


Construct, Constructs or constructs may refer to:

  • Construct (Dungeons & Dragons), a type of creature in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons
  • Construct (album), a 2013 album by Dark Tranquillity
  • Construct (comics), a fictional artificial intelligence in the DC Universe
  • Construct (philosophy of science), a hypothetical object whose phenomenal existence depends upon a subject's mind
  • Construct (python library), a software library used for data-structuring
  • Construct (software), an open-source game creator
  • Construct state, an Afro-Asiatic noun-form
  • DNA construct, a segment of nucleic acid, created artificially, for transplantation into a target cell or tissue
  • Social construct, something that people believe to exist purely because their society has decided that it exists
  • an alternative name for a concrete category
  • a term used in the philosophy of artificial intelligence
  • biological creations appearing in the The Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels
Construct (Dungeons & Dragons)

Within the world of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, construct is a type of creature, or " creature type". Constructs are either animated objects, or any artificially constructed creature.

Most construct are mindless automatons, obeying their creator's commands absolutely, which makes them unbribable and absolutely trustworthy, although some of them are very literal-minded about the execution of their duties, obeying orders to the letter without any concern for their intent. There are exceptions to this rule, however. Certain constructs, such as Inevitables, are every bit as intelligent as mortal creatures.

As they lack a metabolism, constructs have a wide array of immunities to frailties and effects that would affect creatures of flesh and blood, such as poison, fatigue, exhaustion, disease or various special attacks and magical effects related to draining a creature's life energy (ability drain, level drain, death effects, etc.). As most constructs lack functional internal organs (their animating force does not require any) they are immune to critical hits and forms of damage targeting a creature's weak spots (such as a rogue's sneak attack).

Constructs are almost always created by an intelligent creator, typically a wizard, sorcerer or cleric, though some are created by other character classes or spellcasting monsters. Creating a specific kind of construct begins with the creation of body, made by either the creator himself or a hired craftsman. Construct bodies can be made from wildly different materials, from clay to copper and bone to cadavers. The next part of the process is a ritual requiring the casting of specific spells to bind a spirit of some kind (typically an elemental drawn from the Inner Planes) into the body and imbuing it motion and special abilities.

The creation methods for certain constructs are unknown, or might require much more stringent requirements. Warforged, for example, can only be created with the help of specific artifacts, the creation forges.

Construct (comics)

Construct is a fictional character, an artificial intelligence in the DC Universe. It first appeared in Justice League of America #142 (May 1977).

Construct (python library)

Construct is a python library for the construction and deconstruction of data structures in a declarative fashion. In this context, construction, or building, refers to the process of converting ( serializing) a programmatic object into a binary representation. Deconstruction, or parsing, refers to the opposite process of converting (deserializing) binary data into a programmatic object. Being declarative means that user code defines the data structure, instead of the convention of writing procedural code to accomplish the goal. Construct can work seamlessly with bit- and byte-level data granularity and various byte-ordering.

Using declarative code has many benefits. For example, the same code that can parse can also build (symmetrical), debugging and testing are much simpler (provable to some extent), creating new constructs is easy (wrapping components), and many more. If one is familiar with the C (programming language), one can think of constructs as casting from char * to struct foo * and vice versa, rather than writing code that unpacks the data.

Construct (philosophy)

A construct in the philosophy of science is an ideal object, where the existence of the thing may be said to depend upon a subject's mind. This contrasts with a real object, where existence does not seem to depend on the existence of a mind.

In a scientific theory, particularly within psychology, a hypothetical construct is an explanatory variable which is not directly observable. For example, the concepts of intelligence and motivation are used to explain phenomena in psychology, but neither is directly observable. A hypothetical construct differs from an intervening variable in that it has properties and implications which have not been demonstrated in empirical research. These serve as a guide to further research. An intervening variable, on the other hand, is a summary of observed empirical findings.

The creation of constructs is a part of operationalization, especially the creation of theoretical definitions. The usefulness of one conceptualization over another depends largely on construct validity. To address the non-observability of constructs, U.S. federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute has vereated a construct database termed Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM) to improve construct use and reuse.

Construct (game engine)

Construct is an HTML5-based 2D game editor, developed by Scirra Ltd. It is aimed primarily at non-programmers, allowing quick creation of games in a drag-and-drop fashion using a visual editor and a behavior-based logic system.

Construct (album)

Construct is the tenth full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity. It was released on 27 May 2013 through Century Media Records. A music video for "Uniformity", directed by Patric Ullaeus, was released on May 10, 2013. The album was written during what the band described as their "darkest period" and drew critical praise for its melodrama and darkness.

Usage examples of "construct".

Further they are skilled with primitive weapons and have constructed an aesthetically spectacular village that clings to the cliffsides of a gorge, protected from the elements by shell-like canopies.

Next morning they resumed their journey, and halted one night more before they reached Tepellene, in approaching which they met a carriage, not inelegantly constructed after the German fashion, with a man on the box driving four-in-hand, and two Albanian soldiers standing on the footboard behind.

And with so many familiar, comforting concepts already lost, Alice naturally begins to sense her frightening isolation, her alienation from the self-defining constructs of above-ground culture.

The uncanny central jewel construct throbbed serenely, transmuting allomorphic Haluk into stable Haluk and turning Eve into one of themselves.

Dwellers had better construct an arteria web which they controlled - and which preferably nobody else knew about - if they wanted to voyage from gas-giant to gas-giant reliably and without fuss.

The Arthurian saga has never been a simple tale of good versus evil, but of the impossible quest within each person to live a good, fair, and just life -- and, by extension, to construct a good, fair, and just society in which to do it.

Anticipating even then the loss of lower Burma, even before the Japanese had crossed the border, the Chinese formally requested Lend-Lease material to construct a road from Ledo in Assam across the mountains, forests and rivers of north Burma to tie in with the Burma Road on the Chinese side at Lungling.

That such a force had ever existed within the vicinity in historic times seemed most unlikely, and Tarzan conjectured, therefore, that the wall and the gate were of almost unthinkable antiquity, dating, doubtless, from the forgotten age of the Atlantians, and constructed, perhaps, to protect the builders of the Palace of Diamonds from the well-armed forces that had come from Atlantis to work the gold mines of Opar and to colonize central Africa.

Portus Augusti had been constructed about two miles to the north of Ostia itself.

I lean back in the lounging chair I constructed from bent saplings held together with rope made from the inner bark of the basswood tree, and enjoy the primitive forest.

A knife which would cut the husk of the pod and was so constructed that it could not injure the beans within, would be a useful invention.

The smallest realization - at any step: Cairo, Florence, Paris - that she fitted into a larger scheme leading eventually to her personal destruction and she might have shied off, come to establish eventually so many controls over herself that she became - to Freudian, behaviorist, man of religion, no matter - a purely determined organism, an automaton, constructed, only quaintly, of human flesh.

The military historian, who was himself despatched to observe the army of the Persians, as they were preparing to construct a bridge of boats over the Tigris, beheld from an eminence the plain of Assyria, as far as the edge of the horizon, covered with men, with horses, and with arms.

What we propose is, that we should construct a shelter of boards four feet high in the bottom of your boat, leading from your little cabin aft right up to the bow.

A beautifully constructed borshch, such as you are going to experience presently, ought not only to banish conversation but almost to annihilate thought.