Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Erect \E*rect"\, a. [L. erectus, p. p. of erigere to erect; e out + regere to lead straight. See Right, and cf. Alert.]
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.
Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect -- a column of ruins.
Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
But who is he, by years Bowed, but erect in heart?
Vigilant and erect attention of mind.
(Bot.) Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.
(Her.) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
Erect \E*rect"\, v. i. To rise upright. [Obs.]
By wet, stalks do erect.
Erect \E*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Erected; p. pr. & vb. n. Erecting.]
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.
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.
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.
To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like. ``To erect conclusions.''
--Sir T. Browne. ``Malebranche erects this proposition.''
To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute. ``To erect a new commonwealth.''
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.
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
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
). 7 To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc. 8 To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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).
c.1400, a back-formation from erect (adj.) or else from Latin erectus. Related: Erected; erecting.
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.