Definition of erection
1a : 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 bloodb : an occurrence of such a state in the penis or clitoris
3 : something erected
Examples of erection in a Sentence
the erection of a new apartment building
when it was brand-new, the Eiffel Tower was considered as ugly an erection as Europe had ever seen
Recent Examples of erection from the Web
Next came construction of a wooden trestle down the center of the pit, followed by the erection of two gantry cranes that spanned the worksite and facilitated movement of heavy loads, particularly concrete.
William had dreams of starting a steel erection business.
That waterbody, created upon the erection of a Missouri River dam in 1958, spans the North and South Dakota border and touches both the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River reservations.
The transplant procedure requires reconnecting tiny blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and the urethra and making sure blood can flow for erections.
Ducks’ erections are driven by lymphatic, not vascular, pressure, which means that their penises never become stiff.
Medicare no longer covers male erection vacuum supplies.
As Ponch, an undercover federal agent investigating corruption in the California Highway Patrol, Mr. Peña struggles to make his character more than a walking erection.
So, too, for a retreat from globalization: the erection of barriers to trade and the movement of people and ideas more likely than not will be one in which the U.S. almost surely will lose.
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First Known Use of erection
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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 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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