MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To interpret, understand, analyze, or explain.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin construere (to construct), from con- (with) + struere (to pile up or arrange). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (to spread), which also gave us structure, industry, destroy, street, stratagem, stratum, stratocracy, and Russian perestroika. Earliest documented use: 1362.

CORNS TRUE - when your feet tell you it's going to rain, and it does

CONSTRUM - the prisoner invented a new guitar-picking style

COMSTRUE - what happens to your dream when you wish upon a star