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CONSTITUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Constitution mean? 

CONSTITUTION (noun)
  The noun CONSTITUTION has 4 senses:

1. law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
2. the act of forming something
3. the way in which someone or something is composed
4. United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston

  Familiarity information: CONSTITUTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTITUTION (noun)


Sense 1constitution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Law determining the fundamental political principles of a government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

constitution; fundamental law; organic law

Hypernyms ("constitution" is a kind of...):

law (legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Instance hyponyms:

Constitution of the United States; United States Constitution (the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states)


Sense 2constitution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of forming something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

establishment; constitution; formation; organization; organisation

Context examples:

the constitution of a PTA group last year / it was the establishment of his reputation / he still remembers the organization of the club

Hypernyms ("constitution" is a kind of...):

beginning; commencement; start (the act of starting something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constitution"):

unionisation; unionization (act of forming labor unions)

collectivisation; collectivization (the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism)

communisation; communization (the organization of a nation of the basis of communism)

federation (the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs)

colonisation; colonization; settlement (the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies)


Sense 3constitution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The way in which someone or something is composed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

makeup; composition; constitution

Hypernyms ("constitution" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constitution"):

karyotype (the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes))

genetic constitution; genotype (the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism)

phenotype (what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its genotype and the environment)

structure (the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts)


Sense 4Constitution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

Old Ironsides; Constitution

Instance hypernyms:

frigate (a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries)


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