Definition of reconstruction in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of reconstructing or being reconstructed.

    ‘the economic reconstruction of Russia’
    • ‘The Bali government has set aside special funds for the reconstruction of the area damaged in the bombing.’
    • ‘That is the greatest impediment to the political and economic reconstruction of the country.’
    • ‘Emerging from the war physically devastated, Europe began a process of both economic and political reconstruction.’
    • ‘To this must be added the cost of the ongoing, even if limited, process of reconstruction.’
    • ‘After the war, capital and labor must be expended in reconstruction and repair.’
    • ‘Yet the slow process of reconstruction, following the ravages of a diamond-fuelled civil war, continues.’
    • ‘There should also be an appraisal of Britain's role in the post-war, reconstruction process.’
    • ‘The process of reconstruction was so immense that all countries struggled to cope.’
    • ‘This is a serious problem which impedes the process of reconstruction.’
    • ‘The grant is not only timely but it comes at a critical time when the country is grappling with the economic reconstruction programme.’
    • ‘As the city entered the 1980s, it began to embark on a large-scale process of urban reconstruction.’
    • ‘The same drive is apparent in the process of reconstruction.’
    • ‘Women were indispensable in this many-sided economic and social reconstruction.’
    • ‘The worst hit areas are now engaged in the biggest post-catastrophe reconstruction programme since the Second World War.’
    • ‘It was astonishing to hear how the process of reconstruction had already begun by the morning after the attacks.’
    • ‘The reconstruction process has strongly affected the position and morale of local residents.’
    • ‘It really brought home to me how the relief effort and the process of reconstruction must go hand in hand.’
    • ‘The reconstruction of Rousse railway station is to cost nine million leva.’
    • ‘Once the monetary settlement is received, property owners can begin the process of reconstruction.’
    • ‘Plans for how the civil administration of the country would work were vague, as were those for its economic reconstruction.’
    modification, modifying, alteration, adaptation, regulation, regulating, rearrangement, change, converting, conversion
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A thing that has been rebuilt after being damaged or destroyed.
      ‘comparison between the original and the reconstruction’
      • ‘It has a reconstruction of a prison cell, a 1930s pub and a 1940s kitchen, plus a lot of videos, sounds and smells.’
      • ‘The reconstruction of one of the buildings gives an impression of how they may have looked.’
      • ‘In the museum gardens are several reconstructions including a Roman temple, shop, house, and Northumbrian croft, all with audio presentations.’
      • ‘The present Guildhall is a reconstruction necessitated by damage to the original during the Second World War.’
      • ‘The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the theatre in which Shakespeare's plays were originally staged.’
      • ‘This recording is a laboratory reconstruction of the sounds heard by Huygens' microphones.’
      • ‘It is a reconstruction of the original building, as far as it was known from sketches of the period.’
      • ‘The venues will be reconstructions of the historic originals, which will also be used for film presentations at the same time.’
      • ‘This is a piffling amount, considering the millions of pounds of public lottery cash which has been spent on fabulous reconstructions of Glasgow's cultural palaces.’
      • ‘Healy visited libraries and scholarly collections looking for reconstructions of the ruins.’
      • ‘Only a few fragments of the original statue survive, and the present hall and central Buddha are reconstructions from the Edo period.’
      • ‘The next gallery consisted of a reconstruction of the painting studio on the ground floor of the Yellow House.’
    2. 1.2[count noun]An impression, model, or re-enactment of a past event formed from the available evidence.
      ‘a reconstruction of the accident would be staged to try to discover the cause of the tragedy’
      • ‘Both shows will use computer-generated imagery and dramatic reconstructions to transport viewers back to ancient times.’
      • ‘Historians are happy to have four sources available for reconstruction of the actions, words, and intentions of Jesus.’
      • ‘He was in charge of this case and provided evidence as an expert in accident reconstruction, on consent of the defence.’
      • ‘This is inevitable, and a reader may be ill at ease at the scarcity of evidence that underlies many of these reconstructions.’
      • ‘Despite the popularity of true-life reconstructions, the dramatisation of actual events and real people is often controversial.’
      • ‘Stylistically, it really set the tone for all the grainy filmed reconstructions of events we see in documentaries all the time nowadays.’
      • ‘The narrator explains that her story is an inexact reconstruction of events.’
      • ‘The reconstruction of that past has fallen to historians and archaeologists.’
      • ‘History is the reconstruction of the past in response to a new present that opens toward a new future.’
      • ‘A reconstruction of the events leading up to his fatal skydive will also feature on this month's programme.’
      • ‘Police last night staged a reconstruction of the events leading to the bomb blast exactly one week after it happened.’
      • ‘Police scrambled the force helicopter and even took the unusual step of staging a reconstruction of his last known movements.’
      • ‘He claimed that he'd invented a method of recovering sound waves from the past and converting them into visual and acoustic reconstructions of history.’
      • ‘This is a small show that is chilling in its reconstruction of events, and shows just how close the Nazis came to having an atomic weapon.’
      • ‘At a reconstruction of the events, the policeman who fired was unable to explain why the shots had gone off.’
      • ‘In particular, Stearn rails against dramatic reconstructions using actors, which Schama says are essential to bring history alive on the screen.’
      • ‘BBC Crimewatch will screen a reconstruction of the brutal attack tomorrow night.’
      • ‘What follows is a brief account of my experiences and a reconstruction of some events from discussions with the victims.’
      • ‘The English Civil War Society will be staging a reconstruction of a skirmish that took place in Marlborough during the Civil War.’
      • ‘Days after the murder, police staged a reconstruction of events and appealed for sightings of the white Nissan Sunny getaway car.’
      • ‘Forensic teams had searched the field for clues, and detectives staged a reconstruction there of Sarah's last known movements.’
  • 2The period 1865–77 following the American Civil War, during which the southern states of the Confederacy were controlled by federal government and social legislation, including the granting of new rights to black people, was introduced.