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Meaning of ERECT

Pronunciation:  i'rekt

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    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?
    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,
  2. \E*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Erected}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
             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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