What does erect mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. erect, vertical, uprightadjective

    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"

  2. tumid, erectverb

    of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

  3. raise, erect, rear, set up, put upverb

    construct, build, or erect

    "Raise a barn"

  4. rear, erectverb

    cause to rise up


  1. erectverb

    To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.

  2. erectverb

    To cause to stand up or out.

  3. erectadjective

    Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.

  4. erectadjective

    Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.

  5. Etymology: From Latin erectus upright, past participle of erigere raise or set up from e- up + regere to direct, keep straight, guide.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Erectadjective

    Etymology: erectus, Latin.

    Birds, far from proneness, are almost erect; advancing the head and breast in progression, only prone in volitation. Brown.

    Basil tells us, that the serpent went erect like man. Brown.

    Vain were vows,
    And plaints, and suppliant hands, to heav’n erect. Phillips.

    Let no vain fear thy gen’rous ardour tame;
    But stand erect, and sound as loud as fame. George Granville.

    That vigilant and erect attention of mind, which in prayer is very necessary, is wasted or dulled. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 33.

  2. To ERECTverb

    Etymology: erectus, Latin.

    Happier walls expect,
    Which, wand’ring long, at last thou shalt erect. John Dryden, Virg.

    There are many monuments erected to benefactors to the republick. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Great difference there is between their proceedings, who erect a new commonwealth which is to have neither regiment nor religion the same that was, and theirs who only reform a decayed estate. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

    He suffers seventy-two distinct nations to be erected out of the first monarchy, under distinct governours. Walter Raleigh.

    I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    I am far from pretending infallibility: that would be to erect myself into an apostle. John Locke, on St. Paul’s Epistles.

    Men being too hasty to erect to themselves general notions and ill-grounded theories, find themselves deceived in their stock of knowledge. John Locke.

    Malebranche erects this proposition, of seeing all things in God, upon their ruin. John Locke.

    Why should not hope
    As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them: John Denham.

  3. To Erectverb

    To rise upright.

    The trefoil against rain swelleth in the stalk, and so standeth more upright; for by wet stalks do erect, and leaves bow down. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 827.


  1. erect

    Erect refers to a state or position of being upright or vertical. It can be used to describe something physically standing straight up, like an erect building or body posture, or metaphorically, like an erect opinion or determination. It also refers to the action of constructing or building something. In a biological context, it can be used to describe certain body parts that are firm due to sexual arousal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erectadjective

    upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect

  2. Erectadjective

    directed upward; raised; uplifted

  3. Erectadjective

    bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed

  4. Erectadjective

    watchful; alert

  5. Erectadjective

    standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached

  6. Erectadjective

    elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc

  7. Erectverb

    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

  8. Erectverb

    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

  9. Erectverb

    to lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify

  10. Erectverb

    to animate; to encourage; to cheer

  11. Erectverb

    to set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like

  12. Erectverb

    to set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute

  13. Erectverb

    to rise upright

  14. Etymology: [L. erectus, p. p. of erigere to erect; e out + regere to lead straight. See Right, and cf. Alert.]


  1. Erect

    Erect, North Carolina is an unincorporated community in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States, and part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region. Erect is located on NC 42, seven miles east of the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, and two miles west of Coleridge. Erect was founded in the 18th century by German and English settlers, along with the nearby communities of Steeds, Sophia, Whynot, Hemp, and Lonely. Many of these settlers were known for their pottery-making skills. The 15-square mile region surrounding the town of Seagrove, twelve miles to the southeast, is known as the "Pottery Capital of North Carolina." Erect is located in the vicinity of the "North Carolina Pottery Highway", a collection of approximately 100 potteries and galleries along NC 705 in Randolph and Moore counties. Goss Lake, Goss Lake Dam, and the Lambert Mill Dam are located in the Erect quad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Erect

    e-rekt′, v.t. to set upright: to raise: to build: to exalt: to establish.—adj. upright: directed upward.—adj. Erect′ed.—ns. Erect′er, Erect′or, one who, or that which, erects or raises: a muscle which assists in erecting a part or an organ: an attachment to a compound microscope for making the image erect instead of inverted.—adj. Erect′ile, that may be erected.—ns. Erectil′ity, quality of being erectile; Erec′tion, act of erecting: state of being erected: exaltation: anything erected: a building of any kind.—adj. Erect′ive, tending to erect.—adv. Erect′ly.—n. Erect′ness. [L. erectus, erigĕre, to set upright—e, out, regĕre, to direct.]


  1. Erect

    standing upright; not necessarily perpendicular.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'erect' in Verbs Frequency: #863

Anagrams for erect »

  1. Crete

  2. terce

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of erect in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of erect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of erect in a Sentence

  1. Jim Ambrose:

    The guiding principle was pair-bonding with a man and to be even more specific, to make sure that I possessed a proper vessel for an erect penis, the end goal wasn't that I would be a sexually satisfied woman, or a person who was curious about other forms of sexuality. ... Jim Ambrose personal sexual pleasure wasn't taken into account.

  2. George Washington Carver:

    I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone, and as long as they are held thus, not one of the tasks that the hand may preform can be accomplished. I cannot lift. I cannot grasp. I cannot hold. I cannot even make an intelligible sign until my fingers organize and work together. In this we should also learn a lesson.

  3. Robert G. Ingersoll:

    He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.

  5. Shane Leslie:

    The American sign of civic progress is to tear down the familiar and erect the monstrous.

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Translations for erect

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  • изправям, прав, издигам, вертикален, изправенBulgarian
  • খাড়াBengali
  • erecteCatalan, Valencian
  • vztyčitCzech
  • fondiEsperanto
  • pystyasennossa, rakentaa, pystyttää, pystyFinnish
  • togScottish Gaelic
  • tegakIndonesian
  • dritto, duro, erettoItalian
  • قیتKurdish
  • takotako, whaihanga, whakatū, toraMāori
  • исправен, простум, подига, крева, подигнатMacedonian
  • erigere, reiseNorwegian
  • wznieśćPolish
  • устанавливать, прямой, торчащий, выпрямлять, вертикальный, ощетинившийся, возводить, строить, вертикально поднятый, сооружать, распрямлятьRussian

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