Definition of erection in English:

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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;
tumescence, tumidity, turgescence, hardness, rigidity, stiffness, firmness
vulgar slang hard-on, stiffy, boner, ramrod
British vulgar slang horn


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

Words that rhyme with erection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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