|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|
|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]|
erect e·rect (ĭ-rěkt')
Being in or having a vertical, upright position.
Being in or having a stiff, rigid physiological condition.