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Meaning of ERECT

Pronunciation:  i'rekt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  (physiology) of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
  2. [adj]  upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright"
  3. [v]  construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
  4. [v]  cause to rise up
 

ERECT is a 5 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: erectile, fastigiate, hard, orthostatic, passant(ip), put up, raise, rampant(ip), rear, rear, rearing, set up, standing(a), stand-up, statant(ip), straight, straight-backed, tumid, unbent, unbowed, upright, vertical
 
 Antonyms: dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down, unerect
 
 See Also: bring up, build, cock up, construct, elevate, get up, lift, make, pitch, prick, prick up, raise, set up

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \E*rect"\, a. [L. erectus, p. p. of erigere to erect; e
    out + regere to lead straight. See {Right}, and cf. {Alert}.]
    1. Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not
       leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.
    
             Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall. --Milton.
    
             Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia,
             Philadelphia is still erect -- a column of ruins.
                                                   --Gibbon.
    
    2. Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
    
             His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view Superior
             worlds, and look all nature through.  --Pope.
    
    3. Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
    
             But who is he, by years Bowed, but erect in heart?
                                                   --Keble.
    
    4. Watchful; alert.
    
             Vigilant and erect attention of mind. --Hooker.
    
    5. (Bot.) Standing upright, with reference to the earth's
       surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.
    
    6. (Her.) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents,
       etc.
    
    
  2. \E*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Erected}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Erecting}.]
    1. To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular
       position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a
       flagstaff, a monument, etc.
    
    2. To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; as, to
       erect a house or a fort; to set up; to put together the
       component parts of, as of a machine.
    
    3. To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
    
             That didst his state above his hopes erect.
                                                   --Daniel.
    
             I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a
             judge.                                --Dryden.
    
    4. To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
    
             It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a
             loving complaisance.                  --Barrow.
    
    5. To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or
       the like. ``To erect conclusions.'' --Sir T. Browne.
       ``Malebranche erects this proposition.'' --Locke.
    
    6. To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
       ``To erect a new commonwealth.'' --Hooker.
    
    {Erecting shop} (Mach.), a place where large machines, as
       engines, are put together and adjusted.
    
    Syn: To set up; raise; elevate; construct; build; institute;
         establish; found.
    
    
  3. \E*rect"\, v. i.
    To rise upright. [Obs.]
    
          By wet, stalks do erect.                 --Bacon.
    
    
 
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