Definition of erection in English:


Line breaks: erec¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n


1 [mass noun] The action of erecting a structure or object: fees will be levied for the erection of monuments
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  • The company has won international acclaim for their experience in the manufacture and erection of stainless steel structures and the completion of the spire is another feather in their cap.
  • The erector designed and positioned the falsework to allow erection of catwalks and primary steel for the five center elements.
  • In many cases erection of the structures is claimed to be about two-thirds the cost of conventional building.
1.1 [count noun] A building or other upright structure: she looked round the cafe, a bleak concrete erection
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  • Close before us were long erections like shop counters, but not quite so high.
  • These erections - mosques, Buddhist temples and a statue of Jesus Christ - reflect the independent characteristics of different religions in their togetherness.
  • Berlin is pocked with meaningful erections that make the cranes and concrete mixers look aesthetic.
2An enlarged and rigid state of the penis, typically in sexual excitement: men who cannot get an erection
phallus, erect penis;
vulgar slang hard-on, stiffy, boner, ramrod
British vulgar slang horn


late Middle English: from Latin erectio(n-), from erigere 'set up' (see erect).

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