erect
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin erectus, past participle of erigere to erect, from e- + regere to lead straight, guide — more at right Date: 14th century 1. a. vertical in position; also not spread out or decumbent <
an erect plant stem
>
<
columns still erect in the ruins
>
b. standing up or out from the body <
erect hairs
>
c. characterized by firm or rigid straightness in bodily posture <
an erect bearing
>
2. archaic directed upward 3. obsolete alert, watchful 4. being in a state of physiological erection • erectly adverberectness noun II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts ; build (2) to fix in an upright position (3) to cause to stand up or stand out b. archaic to direct upward c. to change (an image) from an inverted to a normal position 2. to elevate in status 3. set up, establish 4. obsolete encourage, embolden 5. to draw or construct (as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base • erectable adjective

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] Two of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To raise, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • erect — ERÉCT, Ă, erecţi, te, adj. (Despre plante sau despre tulpina lor) Ridicat drept în sus; vertical. – Din lat. erectus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  ERÉCT adj. (bot.) drept, vertical. (Plantă cu tulpina erect.) Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • erect — erect·ness; semi·erect; sub·erect; un·erect; erect; erect·ly; …   English syllables

  • erect — vt: to give legal existence to by a formal act of authority no new State shall be formed or erect ed within the jurisdiction of any other State U.S. Constitution art. IV erec·tion n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Erect — E*rect , v. i. To rise upright. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] By wet, stalks do erect. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • erect — i rekt adj 1) standing up or out from the body <erect hairs> 2) being in a state of physiological erection …   Medical dictionary

  • erect — [adj] straight up arrect, cocked, elevated, erectile, firm, perpendicular, raised, rigid, standing, stiff, upright, upstanding, vertical; concepts 485,581,604 Ant. prone, prostrate erect [v] build; establish assemble, bring about, cobble up*,… …   New thesaurus

  • erect — [ē rekt′, irekt′] adj. [ME < L erectus, pp. of erigere, to set up < e , out, up + regere, to make straight: see RIGHT] 1. not bending or leaning; straight up; upright; vertical 2. sticking out or up; bristling; stiff 3. Archaic a) not… …   English World dictionary

  • erect — (adj.) late 14c., upright, not bending, from L. erectus upright, elevated, lofty; eager, alert, aroused, pp. of erigere raise or set up, from e up + regere to direct, keep straight, guide (see REGAL (Cf. regal)). The verb is from c.1400, a back… …   Etymology dictionary

  • erect — vb *build, construct, frame, raise, rear Analogous words: fabricate, fashion, form (see MAKE): *lift, raise, elevate Antonyms: raze …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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