- (of a charge) represented palewise: a sword erect.
- (of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright: a boar's head erect.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- erebus, mount,
- erectile dysfunction,
- erectile impotence,
- erectile tissue,
- erecting prism
Origin of erect
Examples from the Web for erect
The original metaphor was: erect a wall to keep the garden of the church free from the wilderness of politics.
In fact, the effort to erect the Obamacare infrastructure is creating a large number of private-sector positions.Technology Firms Staff Up to Build Health-Insurance Exchanges|Miranda Green|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After a while, it will seem natural to erect a canopy to shield the worshipers from the elements.
Carroll hopes to erect a plaque in her former home and at the hotel where she also lived.Meet America’s Indiana Jones: Andrew Carroll Searches for Forgotten History Across the U.S.|Nina Strochlic|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Netanyahu has pledged to erect a similar barrier along the Syrian frontier, with changes to suit the topography.
If they could not make such a peace, they were to erect a fort on the Rappahannock River or between it and the York.Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660|Wilcomb E. Washburn
His tall, straight form, erect and slim, swung toward them over the ice.
These last combine the erect bush-like habit of growth with the dwarfness of the Cupid.
Simcoe is going to erect a fort in our territories, and the President has declared that he will repel the attempt.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Elsa held the central place, and her little head was erect and proud.The King's Mirror|Anthony Hope
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for erect
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.