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See also: érection
- (uncountable) The act of building or putting up or together of something.
- (countable) Anything erected or built.
- (uncountable, physiology) The physiological process by which erectile tissue, such as a penis or clitoris, becomes erect by being engorged with blood.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:erection
- 1997, Alan Hyde, Bodies of Law, Princeton University Press (1997), →ISBN, page 175:
- I think that the case also demonstrates some singular aspects of the penis as a narrator of tales, specifically the way in which the erection of a penis falls outside a man's conscious control and therefore threatens a carefully constructed master legal narrative in which bodily self-control graphically represents the self-government contemplated by a democratic legal society.
- 2006, Lori Marso, Feminist Thinkers and the Demands of Femininity: The Lives and Work of Intellectual Women, Routledge (2006), →ISBN, unnumbered pages (quoting Simone Beauvoir):
- There are men who say they cannot bear to show themselves naked before women unless in a state of erection; and indeed through erection the flesh becomes activity, potency, […]
- 2007, Edward J. Behrend-Martinez, Unfit for Marriage: Impotent Spouses on Trial in the Basque Region of Spain, 1650-1750, University of Nevada Press (2007), →ISBN, page 14:
- A marriage was only consummated via erection, penetration, and insemination intra vas.
- (uncountable, physiology, of a penis or clitoris) The state or quality of being erect from engorgement with blood.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: […] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352:
- […] but our experienc'd matron very soon, by chafing it with her hands, brought it to swell to that size and erection I had before seen it up to.
- 2008, Robert Crooks & Karla Baur, Our Sexuality, Thomson Wadsworth (2008), →ISBN, page 163:
- Older men typically require longer periods of time to achieve erection and reach orgasm.
- 2011, Alan L. Rubin, Diabetes for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2008), →ISBN, page 104:
- A very rare complication is priapism, where the penis maintains its erection for many hours.
- (countable) A penis or clitoris that is erect.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:erect penis
- Hyponyms: priapism, permaboner, death erection, morning wood
- He placed his newspaper on his lap to hide his erection.
- 2002, Marguerite Crump, No B.O.!: The Head-to-Toe Book of Hygiene for Preteens, Free Spirit Publishing (2005), →ISBN, page 85:
- The surge of hormones during puberty means you might have lots of erections, even when you don't want them—like during school.
- 2006, Abha Dawesar, That Summer in Paris, Anchor Books (2007), →ISBN, page 259:
- Prem was sure everyone could see his erection through his pants, everyone but Maya, who he had been careful to keep to his side all the time
- 2007, Ken Follett, World Without End, Dutton (2007), →ISBN, page 244:
- He kissed her again, this time with a long, moist kiss that gave him an erection.
act of building
something erected or built
physiology: process by which a penis becomes erect
rigid state of penis or clitoris
erection f (plural erections)
- French: érection
- erection on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)