(E`rec*til"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being erectile.
(E*rec"tion) n. [L. erectio: cf. F. érection.]
1. The act of erecting, or raising upright; the act of constructing, as a building or a wall, or of fitting together
the parts of, as a machine; the act of founding or establishing, as a commonwealth or an office; also, the
act of rousing to excitement or courage.
2. The state of being erected, lifted up, built, established, or founded; exaltation of feelings or purposes.
Her peerless height my mind to high erection draws up.Sidney
3. State of being stretched to stiffness; tension.
4. Anything erected; a building of any kind.
5. (Physiol.) The state of a part which, from having been soft, has become hard and swollen by the
accumulation of blood in the erectile tissue.
(E*rect"ive) a. Making erect or upright; raising; tending to erect.
(E*rect"ly), adv. In an erect manner or posture.
(E*rect"ness), n. Uprightness of posture or form.
1. (Bot.) Having a position intermediate between erect and patent, or spreading.
2. (Zoöl.) Standing partially spread and erect; said of the wings of certain insects.
1. One who, or that which, erects.
2. (Anat.) A muscle which raises any part.
3. (Physics) An attachment to a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument, for making the
image erect instead of inverted.
(Ere`long") adv. Before the apse of a long time; soon; usually separated, ere long.
A man, . . . following the stag, erelong slew him.Spenser.
The world, erelong, a world of tears must weep.Milton.
(||Er`e*ma*cau"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. quietly + burning, fr. to burn.] A gradual oxidation
from exposure to air and moisture, as in the decay of old trees or of dead animals.
(Er"e*mit*age) n. See Hermitage.