Definitions for: Erect


[adj] (physiology) of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
[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"
[v] construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
[v] cause to rise up



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


E*rect", v. i.
To rise upright. [Obs.]

By wet, stalks do erect. --Bacon.

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

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