- 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.
- (of a charge) represented palewise: a sword erect.
- (of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright: a boar's head erect.
- Optics. (of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.
- 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.
- to become erect; stand up or out.
Origin of erect
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Examples from the Web for erecting
They also can slow down the committee process, erecting obstacles to scheduling hearings.The GOP’s Nuclear Winter Strategy
December 2, 2013
His illicit artwork showed that erecting barriers is not only inhumane, but also futile.The Big Idea: Why Forgeries Are Great Art
April 25, 2013
One of his biggest achievements was erecting a library annex that had needed to be completed for 25 years.Why ‘Mystery Speaker’ Clint Eastwood Loves the GOP
August 31, 2012
“CAI has become proficient at erecting schools off the beaten path, and Mortenson deserves praise for that,” Krakauer writes.The Greg Mortenson Case's Fallout for Women
April 18, 2011
Detroiters, now erecting a Robocop statue as a half-joking, half-serious morale boost, may want to consider bronzing Mulally next.The CEO Hail Mary: A Scorecard on Corporate Change Agents
March 1, 2011
We are erecting here a new and beautiful theater, it opens Aug. 21.Cleveland Past and Present
They were erecting barricades in the streets, and mounting these guns upon them.Scaramouche
For erecting a flagstaff and forming a fence, the Staff is very useful.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
What an appropriate spot for erecting an Irish Apothecaries' Hall!
Clause 22 reserves to the Crown the power of erecting forts, dockyards, etc.Home Rule
- upright in posture or position; not bent or leaningan 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
- to put up; construct; build
- to raise to an upright position; lift upto erect a flagpole
- to found or form; set up
- (also intr) 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
Word Origin and History for erecting
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.
- Being in or having a vertical, upright position.
- Being in or having a stiff, rigid physiological condition.