|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|1.||the act of constituting or state of being constituted|
|2.||the way in which a thing is composed; physical make-up; structure|
|3.||the fundamental political principles on which a state is governed, esp when considered as embodying the rights of the subjects of that state|
|4.||(often capital) (in certain countries, esp Australia and the US) a statute embodying such principles|
|5.||a person's state of health|
|6.||a person's disposition of mind; temperament|
constitution con·sti·tu·tion (kŏn'stĭ-t&oomacr;'shən, -ty&oomacr;'-)
The physical makeup of the body, including its functions, metabolic processes, reactions to stimuli, and resistance to the attack of pathogenic organisms.
The composition or structure of a molecule.
The fundamental law of the United States, drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 (see Constitutional Convention), ratified in 1788, and put into effect in 1789. It established a strong central government in place of the Articles of Confederation. (See Preamble to the Constitution.)