erection

noun erec·tion \ i-ˈrek-shən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of erection

1 a : the state marked by firm turgid form and erect or elevated position of a previously flaccid bodily part containing cavernous tissue when that tissue becomes dilated with blood
b : an occurrence of such a state in the penis or clitoris
2 : the act or process of erecting something : construction
3 : something erected

Examples of erection in a Sentence

  1. the erection of a new apartment building

  2. when it was brand-new, the Eiffel Tower was considered as ugly an erection as Europe had ever seen

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First Known Use of erection

15th century


ERECTION Defined for English Language Learners

erection

noun

Definition of erection for English Language Learners

  • : the state in which a body part (such as the penis) becomes firm and swollen because of sexual excitement; also : the penis when it is in such a state

  • : the act or process of building or erecting something


Medical Dictionary

erection

noun erec·tion \ i-ˈrek-shən \

medical Definition of erection

1 : the state marked by firm turgid form and erect or elevated position of a previously flaccid bodily part containing cavernous tissue when that tissue becomes dilated with blood
2 : an occurrence of erection in the penis or clitoris


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