from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of erecting.
  • n. Something erected; a construction.
  • n. Physiology The firm and enlarged condition of a body organ or part when the erectile tissue surrounding it becomes filled with blood, especially such a condition of the penis or clitoris.
  • n. Physiology The process of filling with blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of building or putting up or together of something; construction.
  • n. Anything erected or built.
  • n. The physiological process by which a penis becomes erect by being engorged with blood.
  • n. A penis or clitoris that has become rigid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of erecting, or raising upright; the act of constructing, as a building or a wall, or of fitting together the parts of, as a machine; the act of founding or establishing, as a commonwealth or an office; also, the act of rousing to excitement or courage.
  • n. The state of being erected, lifted up, built, established, or founded; exaltation of feelings or purposes.
  • n. State of being stretched to stiffness; tension.
  • n. Anything erected; a building of any kind.
  • n. The state of a body part which, from having been soft, has become hard and swollen by the accumulation of blood in the erectile tissue; -- used especially of the penis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of erecting, or setting upright; a raising or lifting up; a stiffening or bristling up: as, the erection of a flagstaff or of a building; the erection of drooping leaves or of a crest of feathers.
  • n. The state of being erect.
  • n. The act of building or constructing: as, the erection of a church.
  • n. That which is erected, especially a building or structure of any kind: as, there are many ancient erections of unknown use.
  • n. The act of establishing or founding; establishment; settlement; formation; institution: as, the erection of a commonwealth; the erection of a bishopric or of an earldom.
  • n. The act of raising from a lower position or condition to a higher; elevation: as, the erection of a church into a cathedral.
  • n. Elevation or exaltation of sentiments.
  • n. The act of rousing; excitation.
  • n. In physiology, turgidity and rigidity of a part into which erectile tissue enters: specifically said chiefly of the penis and clitoris.
  • n. In astrology, the construction of a scheme or figure of the heavens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an erect penis
  • n. a structure that has been erected
  • n. the act of building or putting up


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin erectio, noun of action from perfect passive participle erectus, from verb erigere, from prefix e- ("out of") + regere, + action suffix -io.



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