Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being swollen.
  • noun The process of swelling.
  • noun Pomposity; self-importance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the becoming turgid or distended by a liquid content. See turgid, 3.
  • noun The act of swelling, or the state of being swelled.
  • noun In medicine, the swelling or enlargement of any part, usually from congestion or the extravasation of serum or blood.
  • noun Pomposity; inflation; bombast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of swelling, or the state of being swollen, or turgescent.
  • noun Empty magnificence or pompousness; inflation; bombast; turgidity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of swelling, or state of being swollen or turgescent.
  • noun Empty magnificence or pompousness; inflation; bombast; turgidity.

Etymologies

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

[From Latin turgēscere, to begin to swell, inchoative of turgēre, to be swollen.]

Examples

  • He composed wistful passages about “the plump turgescence of youth,” and in pears found the “soft rapture of attainment.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • He composed wistful passages about “the plump turgescence of youth,” and in pears found the “soft rapture of attainment.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • He composed wistful passages about “the plump turgescence of youth,” and in pears found the “soft rapture of attainment.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • He told her that barrenness is cured by the presence of immoderate heat in a woman accompanied by turgescence.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • He told her that barrenness is cured by the presence of immoderate heat in a woman accompanied by turgescence.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • It is during this state withdrawn forcibly backwards over the glans, and in this situation, while being itself the first cause of constriction, it induces another -- namely, an arrest to the venous circulation, which is followed by a turgescence of the glans.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • Considering all these facts, we must regard the fall of arterial pressure, the depression of the fontanelle, and the turgescence of the vessels of the limbs as phenomena concomitant with bodily rest and warmth, and we have no more right to assign the causation of sleep to cerebral anæmia than to any other alteration in the functions of the body, such as occur during sleep.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898

  • A physical fooling of turgescence and congestion in that region, such as swimmers often feel, probably increased the impression.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • Now it is in vain to talk of contractions, of spasms, of turgescence; all this evidently fails to reach the case of the St. - Médard _succors_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • The whole feminine genital canal, including the uterus, indeed, is richly supplied with blood-vessels, and is capable during sexual excitement of a very high degree of turgescence, a kind of erection.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 Erotic Symbolism; The Mechanism of Detumescence; The Psychic State in Pregnancy

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