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Princeton's WordNet

  1. erect, vertical, upright(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"

  2. tumid, erect(verb)

    of sexual organs; stiff and rigid

  3. raise, erect, rear, set up, put up(verb)

    construct, build, or erect

    "Raise a barn"

  4. rear, erect(verb)

    cause to rise up


  1. erect(Verb)

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

  2. erect(Verb)

    To cause to stand up or out.

  3. erect(Adjective)

    Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.

  4. erect(Adjective)

    Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Erect(adj)

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

  2. Erect(adj)

    directed upward; raised; uplifted

  3. Erect(adj)

    bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed

  4. Erect(adj)

    watchful; alert

  5. Erect(adj)

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

  6. Erect(adj)

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

  7. Erect(verb)

    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. Erect(verb)

    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. Erect(verb)

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

  10. Erect(verb)

    to animate; to encourage; to cheer

  11. Erect(verb)

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

  12. Erect(verb)

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

  13. Erect(verb)

    to rise upright

  14. Origin: [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.]

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. Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    We will also erect a fence at certain locations on the Croatian border.

  2. Robert G. Ingersoll:

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

  3. Remy de Gourmont:

    The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.

  4. Shane Leslie:

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

  5. Emily Brontë:

    Having leveled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.

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  • изправям, прав, изправен, вертикален, издигамBulgarian
  • খাড়াBengali
  • erecteCatalan, Valencian
  • vztyčitCzech
  • fondiEsperanto
  • rakentaa, pysty, pystyttää, pystyasennossaFinnish
  • togScottish Gaelic
  • tegakIndonesian
  • eretto, duro, drittoItalian
  • قیتKurdish
  • whakatū, takotako, whaihanga, toraMāori
  • подигнат, исправен, простум, подига, креваMacedonian
  • reise, erigereNorwegian
  • wznieśćPolish
  • прямой, возводить, строить, сооружать, распрямлять, вертикально поднятый, ощетинившийся, вертикальный, выпрямлять, устанавливать, торчащийRussian

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