Definition of erection in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of erecting a structure or object:

    ‘fees will be levied for the erection of monuments’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was also the reason behind erection of a granite boulder 3 1/2 miles east of Blumenort unveiled on Sunday before about 50 people.’
    • ‘The erection of a costly monument in the capital while young people are homeless and the elderly are without proper medical care is an abuse of public money, Republican Sinn Fein stated.’
    • ‘However cost wise offshore turbines will be costlier by 10 per cent and erection and foundation costs will be four times higher when compared to putting up a windmill on shore.’
    • ‘The splendid job of roadwidening and erection of new fencing on the stretch of road from Donnellon's Cross to the new housing estate and from the quarry road to the new cemetery is much acclaimed.’
    • ‘CITY PARKS is to launch a campaign to educate the public on the illegal erection of metal structures or ‘cots’ in cemeteries around Johannesburg.’
    • ‘It added that signs ‘must not impede ladder erection or climbing access to pole steps’ and ‘should have no sharp edges.’’
    • ‘Prices tend to start at about £1,000 (excluding Vat, erection of timber frame and delivery).’
    • ‘The erection of a farm building on the isolated land north of the motorway to accommodate the turf cutting machinery would not amount to a satisfactory alternative.’
    • ‘Careful planning of site layout, erection of partitions, or underground hazardous substance storage and an overabundance of safety systems can actually save lives.’
    • ‘The erection of this building proceeded slowly.’
    • ‘Given the stringent requirement that no temporary shoring be used in the river during erection, cantilever construction was deemed the most suitable method.’
    • ‘These headings will offer a step-by-step guide to the purchase, erection and maintenance of the Farm Fence thus ensuring years of trouble free livestock control.’
    • ‘The erector designed and positioned the falsework to allow erection of catwalks and primary steel for the five center elements.’
    • ‘A spokesperson said yesterday the proposed fence erection is to secure the estate and for other security reasons around the Midland prison.’
    • ‘The new school is operating out of the local rugby club house and is awaiting planning permission for the erection of two prefab buildings.’
    • ‘However, the lights do cost money and the cost of erection and insurance tops • 1,000.’
    • ‘In a statement, the Kildare senator has said that he did not know about nor approve the poster's erection and he criticised the group involved.’
    • ‘It is in the process of planning permission, after demolition, for erection of flats.’
    • ‘In many cases erection of the structures is claimed to be about two-thirds the cost of conventional building.’
    construction, building, putting up
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A building or other upright structure:
      ‘she looked round the cafe, a bleak concrete erection’
      • ‘An enlarged parking area would facilitate day trippers and campers alike and some sort of fence erection would hopefully stop motorised incursions into the dunes.’
      • ‘Ten or 20 years ago, such a structure would have been all advertisement: proud erections of masts and cables emphasizing their functions.’
      • ‘Close before us were long erections like shop counters, but not quite so high.’
      • ‘Berlin is pocked with meaningful erections that make the cranes and concrete mixers look aesthetic.’
      • ‘These erections - mosques, Buddhist temples and a statue of Jesus Christ - reflect the independent characteristics of different religions in their togetherness.’
      building, structure, edifice, construction, pile
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  • 2An enlarged and rigid state of the penis, typically in sexual excitement:

    ‘men who cannot get an erection’
    phallus, erect penis
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Late Middle English: from Latin erectio(n-), from erigere set up (see erect).