Definition of erect in English:


Syllabification: e·rect
Pronunciation: /iˈrekt


  • 1Rigidly upright or straight: she stood erect with her arms by her sides
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    • Remembering to keep your body straight, head erect, arms straight and to the sides or above the head, is really quite difficult.
    • The upright beam was held erect with guys, while the oblique arm or boom hoisted and swung the stone into position.
    • Stand up straight - studies show that if you stand upright with your head erect, smile and breathe deeply, it is almost impossible to ‘feel’ depressed.
    upright, straight, vertical, perpendicular; standingbristling, standing on end, upright
  • 1.1(Of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) enlarged and rigid, especially in sexual excitement.
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    • A condom is a thin sheath, usually made out of latex, which is rolled onto an erect penis before sexual contact.
    • The worn T-shirt she wore did nothing to conceal the fact that Jess was cold, her hard, erect nipples pressing against the soft cotton of her shirt.
    • Such women as these emasculate the male sexual drive, they reduce the man's erect penis to a limp one!
    engorged, enlarged, swollen, tumescent; hard, stiff, rigid


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  • 1Construct (a building, wall, or other upright structure): the guest house was erected in the eighteenth century the police had erected roadblocks
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    • The bill includes the cost of erecting the various building structures as well as expenditure related to yesterday's elaborate festival programme.
    • More than two-thirds of Jack's mature and sheltered garden will disappear this week when builders move in to erect a wall along Anderson's boundary.
    • If a builder erects a structure containing a latent defect which renders it dangerous to persons or property, he will be liable in tort for injury to persons or damage to property resulting from that dangerous defect.
  • 1.1Create or establish (a theory or system): the party that erected the welfare state
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    • Yet Mr Newbury erects a baffling theory, accusing Chalky of saying that the cement works does no harm.
    • They were not but, your Honour, what was happening was that they were erecting a contractual system and qualifying it.
    • Thus Huxley's attempt to erect a system of contractual rights in place of ‘natural rights’ must collapse.



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  • After World War II there was a boom of this very type, offered on a large scale at affordable prices and in obsessively homogeneous prototypes, easily transportable and erectable.
  • This family of tents will be a series of quickly erectable tents designed to be used either in a stand-alone mode or connected to other tents.
  • The radar's erectable antenna is up to 13m high.


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  • In manner Colonel Wayne Everson is dignified and carries himself erectly with a military bearing.
  • Boule concluded that Neandertal man could not have walked erectly, but rather must have walked in a clumsy fashion.
  • Many grasses grow erectly, but others flow outward in a graceful vase or fountain shape.


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  • Hosfield transferred the genes for erectness, canning quality, and virus resistance into red bean germplasm.
  • As they stood in a gallery where Sheetrock walls meet steel floor plates without baseboard or molding, they mediated gently, calling attention to proportions and borders and to the propriety of erectness.
  • Concomitantly, most favored female bodies with rounded chests that were attributable, in part, to an erectness of figure that also was considered essential to female beauty.


late Middle English: from Latin erect- 'set up', from the verb erigere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + regere 'to direct'.

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