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erect

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
erect/build/put up barriers
▪ Some kids have erected emotional barriers that stop them from learning.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ She holds her head erect, with her blonde curls falling down her back.
▪ The 8-year-olds sat erect at their desks.
▪ The headstones were all erect and orderly.
▪ The magistrate sat there, stern and erect, as the charge was read out.
▪ The rabbit looked all around, with its ears erect.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ It has a long snout, erect ears, a shiny brown coat, and a tail thick as a muff.
▪ She seems more erect, like a bird.
▪ Taking my final leave of the President, I turned toward the door, erect and with a dignified, purposeful bearing.
▪ The youth was tall, erect, and had disheveled blond hair.
▪ These stems grow erect when submersed, but grow prostrate on marshy terrain.
▪ They come in various shapes: erect, for instance, or conical, or rounded or with horizontal, spreading branches.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
barricade
▪ They erected barricades to block traffic, but these were removed following peaceful negotiations with police.
barrier
▪ Schools unwittingly erect a language barrier which must exclude great numbers of parents.
▪ The sugar program works by limiting domestic production and erecting trade barriers that keep the price of imported sugar high.
▪ Thus Blacks became a prime source of hostility for white unionists who set about erecting discriminatory barriers.
▪ Work-inhibited children have erected emotional barriers to education and, in response to demands by adults, these barriers become more impenetrable.
▪ Thatcher erect new barrier to monetary unity.
▪ Password Schemes One straight forward security solution, a password scheme, erects a first-level barrier to accidental intrusion.
▪ Other status groups erect less formidable barriers to entry.
▪ Powerful incumbent airlines found three ways to erect strategic entry barriers and consolidate their market power.
bridge
▪ Hugh Clopton, a mercer, erected the bridge at Stratford-upon-Avon that still bears his name.
▪ Now most of the monasteries have carved stairways into the stone or erected bridges to usher outsiders into their world.
building
▪ The architect knows only too well how devoted they become to a building once it is erected.
▪ Their path westwards can still be traced by the chain of distinctive buildings they erected on their way across.
▪ By the eleventh century a number of towns existed along the valley and important civic and ecclesiastical buildings were erected.
▪ In the fifth century rectangular and sunken buildings were erected over an earlier farm and its fields.
church
▪ Ironically, while they erected 660 churches, they closed thirty-three for every twenty-one new ones they built.
▪ Francis, where his body remained until I 471, when it was moved to the newly erected church dedicated to him.
▪ Funeral monuments continued to be erected in parish churches in all parts of the country throughout the seventeenth century.
fence
▪ Three men, including one called Andrew Cunningham, were brought to the surface to erect the fence.
▪ Buchanan wants to erect a fence on the nation Southwest border to stop illegal immigration.
▪ The city erected a temporary fence around the tree and postponed grading of the area.
house
▪ He would erect houses, she would have neighbours, Thomas would be able to play with their children.
▪ And an immense fire escape, erected when the house was transformed into apartments in the 1940s, decorated the front exterior.
memorial
▪ The black sanctuaries are burning even as the South erects memorials to the sorry chapters in its history.
▪ Many cities have erected similar memorials.
▪ In 1791 Sir Richard erected a memorial to his parents at Skelton church, near York.
▪ In 1891, an obelisk of Aberdeen granite was erected as a memorial in place of the headstone.
▪ Now the people of the town have honoured his bravery by erecting a permanent memorial.
monument
▪ William Arbuthnot erected a monument on the spot.
▪ The miners erected a monument that still stands.
▪ Each species of coral has its own pattern of budding and so erects its own characteristic monument.
sign
▪ The defendants erected an advertising sign which projected into the plaintiff's airspace by eight inches.
▪ But it says the area is unsafe and has erected warning signs.
site
▪ A school-room of brick construction was erected on the site of the ancient building in 1862.
▪ Following demolition, a memorial hall, named after the late member was erected on the site.
statue
▪ Strictly speaking, we should erect a statue to a plumber in Trafalgar Square.
▪ The mission: raise $ 50, 000 and erect a commemorative statue on the City Hall front lawn.
structure
▪ Of course, the capacity of societies with little technology but plentiful manpower to erect impressive structures can be widely illustrated.
tent
▪ As we erected the tent Tony became wistful again.
▪ And, as is customary, the families would erect a mourning tent.
▪ The ganja farms increased in rapid frequency, with hastily erected tents dotting the hillsides.
▪ Monday, the family erected a white tent of mourning outside their house in Rimal, on the outskirts of Gaza City.
▪ The tent will then be held to the ground while you insert the poles and erect the tent. 5.
▪ If it were a horse race, they might be erecting tents right now on the first turn.
▪ The defendant's employees erected a tent over a manhole and surrounded the tent with paraffin lamps.
▪ A few miles below, Southern California Edison was building a project and had erected a tent city for 140 men.
wall
▪ But if you erect this wall around yourself we shall be forced to throw stones.
▪ They argued a lot, with Tom and Frank finally erecting an invisible wall between them.
▪ The SinnFein posters stand rolled and erect against the wall.
▪ I do think we erect all sorts of walls within ourselves, profession, place, etc.
▪ Screens were erected on the walls.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Officials plan to erect a monument in Lindbergh's honor.
▪ The first lighthouse was erected on the island in 1912.
▪ The group hopes to erect a statue of Fleming next year.
▪ The tents for the fair were erected overnight.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A person who erects or installs such plant must ensure that the installation is not unsafe or a risk to health.
▪ After an uncomfortable journey, the fir tree was erected in a large and beautifully furnished hall.
▪ It's a straight forward dome tent which is quick and easy to erect - it goes up all in one.
▪ Let us look at what is being erected.
▪ Spotlights were erected around the shelves.
▪ The tent will then be held to the ground while you insert the poles and erect the tent. 5.
▪ William Arbuthnot erected a monument on the spot.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Erect

Erect \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.

Erect

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

By wet, stalks do erect.
--Bacon.

Erect

Erect \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.

Wiktionary

erect

  1. 1 upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards. 2 rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly. 3 (context obsolete English) Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed. 4 (context obsolete English) Directed upward; raised; uplifted. 5 Watchful; alert. 6 (context heraldry English) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts. 2 (context transitive English) To cause to stand up or out. 3 To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise. 4 To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify. 5 To animate; to encourage; to cheer. 6 (context astrology English) To cast or draw up (a figure of the heavens, horoscope et

  3. ). 7 To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc. 8 To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.

WordNet

erect

  1. 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" [syn: vertical, upright] [ant: unerect]

  2. of sexual organs; stiff and rigid [syn: tumid]

erect

  1. v. construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn" [syn: raise, rear, set up, put up] [ant: level]

  2. cause to rise up [syn: rear]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

erect

late 14c., "upright, not bending," from Latin erectus "upright, elevated, lofty; eager, alert, aroused; resolute; arrogant," past participle of erigere "raise or set up," from e- "up, out of" + regere "to direct, keep straight, guide" (see regal).

erect

c.1400, a back-formation from erect (adj.) or else from Latin erectus. Related: Erected; erecting.

Wikipedia

Erect

Erect may refer to:

  • Erect (position), something having an essentially upright position or vertical habit
  • Erect, North Carolina, an unincorporated community in Randolph County, United States
  • Erect image, an image that appears right-side up in optics
  • Erect the Youth Problem, the only album released by American punk trio Wives

Usage examples of "erect".

But whatever may be the phases of the arts, there is the abiding principle of symmetry in the body of man, that goes erect, like an upright soul.

The abomination of it all, the vengeance of destiny which exacted this sacrilege, filled her with such a feeling of revolt that at the moment when vertigo was about to seize her and the flooring began to flee from beneath her feet, she was lashed by it and kept erect.

Oswald Brunies, the strutting, candy-sucking teacher -- a monument will be erected to him -- to him with magnifying glass on elastic, with sticky bag in sticky coat pocket, to him who collected big stones and little stones, rare pebbles, preferably mica gneiss -- muscovy biotite -- quartz, feldspar, and hornblende, who picked up pebbles, examined them, rejected or kept them, to him the Big Playground of the Conradinum was not an abrasive stumbling block but a lasting invitation to scratch about with the tip of his shoe after nine rooster steps.

Some types of bridge can be built out from the abutments, the completed part forming an erecting stage on which lifting appliances are fixed.

Justice Stone seems to be engaged in an endeavor to erect this into an almost exclusive test of the validity, or invalidity of State taxation affecting interstate commerce.

Behind the walled-up arch also in this aisle is a tomb, said to have been erected either to or by Thomas Huxey, who was treasurer of York from 1418 to 1424.

Farther east, the outer wall of the aisle, as also of the southern aisle, is almost covered with pompous and ugly monuments, few of them remarkable either for their design or for the fame of the persons to whom they were erected.

Resembling Ivy in miniature, the leaves have been used in weaving chaplets for the dead, as well as for adorning the Alestake erected as a sign at taverns.

The upshot was that only a very narrow strip of land between Bukhara and the Indian border remained to the Ameer, and that he had to undertake neither to station troops there nor to erect fortifications.

Her anger sustained and kept her head erect and her spine straight as she walked into the antechamber and shut the door.

Through lowered lashes she could see her flushed breasts rise and fall with every deep breath, the pink nipples standing erect, the areolas puckered and tight.

Her nipples had a lovely pouty shape, their areolas swollen though not erect.

The Goths soon discovered the supine negligence of the besieged, erected a lofty pile of fascines, ascended the walls in the silence of the night, and entered the defenceless city sword in hand.

The fabric of superstition which they had erected, and which might long have defied the feeble efforts of reason, was at length assaulted by a crowd of daring fanatics, who from the twelfth to the sixteenth century assumed the popular character of reformers.

Thus, even though it is the first stage chronologically, it is never linked with 1 in magic sense, because 1 signifies the erect penis, the male principle in isolation, and such authoritarian games as monotheism, monopoly, monogamy, and general monotony.