erect

[ih-rekt]
adjective
1.
upright in position or posture: to stand or sit erect.
2.
raised or directed upward: a dog with ears erect.
3.
Botany. vertical throughout; not spreading or declined: an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule.
4.
Heraldry.
a.
(of a charge) represented palewise: a sword erect.
b.
(of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright: a boar's head erect.
5.
Optics. (of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.
verb (used with object)
6.
to build; construct; raise: to erect a house.
7.
to raise and set in an upright or vertical position: to erect a telegraph pole.
8.
to set up or establish, as an institution; found.
9.
to bring about; cause to come into existence: to erect barriers to progress.
10.
Geometry. to draw or construct (a line or figure) upon a given line, base, or the like.
11.
to form or create legally (usually followed by into ): to erect a territory into a state.
12.
Optics. to change (an inverted image) to the normal position.
13.
Machinery. to assemble; make ready for use.
verb (used without object)
14.
to become erect; stand up or out.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ērēctus raised up (past participle of ērigere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + reg- guide, direct (see royal) + -tus past participle suffix

erectable, adjective
erectly, adverb
erectness, noun
nonerecting, adjective
preerect, verb (used with object)
reerect, verb (used with object)
self-erected, adjective
semierect, adjective
semierectly, adverb
semierectness, noun
suberect, adjective
suberectly, adverb
suberectness, noun
unerect, adjective
unerected, adjective
well-erected, adjective


1. standing, vertical. See upright. 6. upraise.


1. reclining.
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erect (ɪˈrɛkt)
 
adj
1.  upright in posture or position; not bent or leaning: an erect stance
2.  (of an optical image) having the same orientation as the object; not inverted
3.  physiol (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) firm or rigid after swelling with blood, esp as a result of sexual excitement
4.  (of plant parts) growing vertically or at right angles to the parts from which they arise
 
vb
5.  to put up; construct; build
6.  to raise to an upright position; lift up: to erect a flagpole
7.  to found or form; set up
8.  (also intr) physiol to become or cause to become firm or rigid by filling with blood
9.  to hold up as an ideal; exalt
10.  optics to change (an inverted image) to an upright position
11.  to draw or construct (a line, figure, etc) on a given line or figure, esp at right angles to it
 
[C14: from Latin ērigere to set up, from regere to control, govern]
 
e'rectable
 
adj
 
e'rectly
 
adv
 
e'rectness
 
n

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erect
late 14c., from L. erectus "upright," pp. of erigere "raise or set up," from e- "up" + regere "to direct, keep straight, guide" (see regal). Related: Erected; erecting.
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erect e·rect (ĭ-rěkt')
adj.

  1. Being in or having a vertical, upright position.

  2. Being in or having a stiff, rigid physiological condition.

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Example sentences for erect
Erect having an essentially upright vertical habit or position.
Virgate wandlike, slender erect growing stem with many leaves or very short
  branches.
The erect to pendent inflorescence arises laterally from the base of the
  pseudobulb.
Many homeowners erect bird feeders near their homes to attract various species.
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