Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in a vertical, upright position: an erect lily stalk; an erect posture.
  • adj. Being in a stiff, rigid physiological condition.
  • adj. Archaic Wide-awake; alert.
  • transitive v. To construct by assembling: erect a skyscraper.
  • transitive v. To raise to a rigid or upright condition.
  • transitive v. To fix in an upright position.
  • transitive v. To set up; establish: erect a dynasty.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To construct (a perpendicular, for example) from or on a given base.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.
  • adj. Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.
  • v. To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.
  • v. To cause to stand up or out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone.
  • adj. Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
  • adj. Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
  • adj. Watchful; alert.
  • adj. Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.
  • adj. Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
  • transitive v. To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise
  • transitive v. To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; ; to set up; to put together the component parts of, as of a machine.
  • transitive v. To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
  • transitive v. To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
  • transitive v. To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like.
  • transitive v. To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
  • intransitive v. To rise upright.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular position; set up; raise up: as, to erect a telegraph-pole or a flagstaff.
  • To raise, as a building; build; construct: as, to erect a house or a temple; to erect a fort.
  • To set up or establish; found; form; frame: as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.
  • To raise from a lower level or condition to a higher; elevate; exalt; lift up.
  • To animate; encourage.
  • To advance or set forth; propound.
  • To draw, as a figure, upon a base; construct, as a figure: as, to erect a horoscope; to erect a circle on a given line as a semidiameter; to erect a perpendicular to a line from a given point in the line.
  • 2 and Construct, build, institute, establish, plant.
  • 1 and Elevate. See raise.
  • To take an upright position; rise.
  • Having an upright posture; standing; directed upward; raised; uplifted.
  • Specifically— In heraldry, set vertically in some unusual way: thus, a boar's head charged with the muzzle or snout uppermost, pointing to the top of the field, is said to be erect.
  • In botany, vertical throughout; not spreading or declined; upright: as, an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule.
  • In entomology, upright: applied to hairs, spines, etc., when they are nearly but not quite at right angles to the surface or margin on which they are situated. In this sense distinguished from perpendicular or vertical.
  • Hence Upright and firm; bold.
  • Intent; alert.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to rise up
  • adj. of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
  • v. construct, build, or erect
  • adj. upright in position or posture

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin ērēctus, past participle of ērigere, to set up : ē-, ex-, ex- + regere, to guide; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin erectus upright, past participle of erigere raise or set up from e- up + regere to direct, keep straight, guide. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The former word also means _he will establish_, or _plant in an erect position_ -- from the verb [Hebrew] _Kūn, he stood erect_.

    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

  • She has walked and walked, in erect dignity – with a child on her back and a load on her head.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2004

  • From the wing came a high grinding noise; through her porthole she saw the flaps strain erect, exposing their valves, and the vast tapering wing, with its indifferent little aerial at the very tip and its aluminum segments stenciled with warnings to mechanics, seem to stand on end; the intricate stiff entity of it was heeling beyond any angle of possible recovery.

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  • In the fall it dries out but the stalks remain erect.

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  • When the news, if you can call an erect penis news, exploded on to the Twittersphere, and then the blogosphere, and then into what another prominent American politician calls the "lamestream" media, Weiner seemed a bit confused.

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  • If we are to assume that each little yellow member is 4.5 inches when erect, that is still 12,000,000feet of fallow penises, or 2,273 miles of unused little dinks.

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  • Fate was tempting me and it was only a testament to my iron will that I did not succumb...and to the fact that in my experience, men who start out a bit on the smaller side often grow to be bigger than average once erect, which is what's important, after all.

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  • It is called Tapacolo, or "cover your posterior;" and well does the shameless little bird deserve its name; for it carries its tail more than erect, that is, inclined backwards towards its head.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • Two hands held the sword erect: wide shoulders held proud and straight, and above them a head - The face of one who could summon storms, bind wind and water to his will, yet who disdained to take power for his own de-sires.

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  • If it is found to be erect, that is, at right angles to the intestine, it is considered a favorable omen but if found in a horizontal or supine position with reference to the intestine, it is said to be highly inauspicious.

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