upright in position or posture:
to stand or sit erect.
raised or directed upward:
a dog with ears erect.
Botany. vertical throughout; not spreading or declined:
an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule.
Optics. (of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.
verb (used with object)
to build; construct; raise:
to erect a house.
to raise and set in an upright or vertical position:
to erect a telegraph pole.
to set up or establish, as an institution; found.
to bring about; cause to come into existence:
to erect barriers to progress.
Geometry. to draw or construct (a line or figure) upon a given line, base, or the like.
to form or create legally (usually followed by into):
to erect a territory into a state.
Optics. to change (an inverted image) to the normal position.
Machinery. to assemble; make ready for use.
verb (used without object)
to become erect; stand up or out.
upright in posture or position; not bent or leaning: an erect stance
(of an optical image) having the same orientation as the object; not inverted
(physiol) (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) firm or rigid after swelling with blood, esp as a result of sexual excitement
(of plant parts) growing vertically or at right angles to the parts from which they arise
verb (mainly transitive)
to put up; construct; build
to raise to an upright position; lift up: to erect a flagpole
to found or form; set up
(also intransitive) (physiol) to become or cause to become firm or rigid by filling with blood
to hold up as an ideal; exalt
(optics) to change (an inverted image) to an upright position
to draw or construct (a line, figure, etc) on a given line or figure, esp at right angles to it
late 14c., “upright, not bending,” from Latin erectus “upright, elevated, lofty; eager, alert, aroused,” past participle of erigere “raise or set up,” from e- “up” + 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 e·rect (ĭ-rěkt’)
- Erectile tissue
erectile tissue n. Tissue with numerous vascular spaces that may become engorged with blood.
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[ih-rek-tiv] /ɪˈrɛk tɪv/ adjective 1. tending to .