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ERECT', a. [L. erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus. See Right.]

1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect.

2. Directed upward.

And suppliant hands, to heaven erect.

3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken.

Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame;

But stand erect.

4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer.

5. Stretched; extended.

6. In botany, an erect stem is one which is without support from twining, or nearly perpendicular; an erect leaf is one which grows close to the stem; an erect flower has its aperture directed upwards.

ERECT', v.t. To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular direction, or nearly such; as, to erect a pole or flag-staff.

To erect a perpendicular, is to set or form one line on another at right angles.

1. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.

2. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.

3. To elevate; to exalt.

I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle.

4. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage.

Why should not hope

As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them?

5. To raise a consequence from premises. [Little used.]

Malebranche erects this proposition.

6. To extend; to distend.

ERECT', v.i. To rise upright.




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ERECT', a. [L. erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus. See Right.]

1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect.

2. Directed upward.

And suppliant hands, to heaven erect.

3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken.

Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame;

But stand erect.

4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer.

5. Stretched; extended.

6. In botany, an erect stem is one which is without support from twining, or nearly perpendicular; an erect leaf is one which grows close to the stem; an erect flower has its aperture directed upwards.

ERECT', v.t. To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular direction, or nearly such; as, to erect a pole or flag-staff.

To erect a perpendicular, is to set or form one line on another at right angles.

1. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.

2. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.

3. To elevate; to exalt.

I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle.

4. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage.

Why should not hope

As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them?

5. To raise a consequence from premises. [Little used.]

Malebranche erects this proposition.

6. To extend; to distend.

ERECT', v.i. To rise upright.


E-RECT', a. [L. erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus; It. eretto. See Right.]

  1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect.
  2. Directed upward. And suppliant hands, to heaven erect. Philip.
  3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken. Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame; / But stand erect. Granville.
  4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer. Hooker.
  5. Stretched; extended.
  6. In botany, an erect stem is one which is without support from twining, or nearly perpendicular; an erect leaf is one which grows close to the stem; an erect flower has its aperature directed upward. Martyn.

E-RECT', v.i.

To rise upright. Bacon.


E-RECT, v.t.

  1. To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular direction, or nearly such; as, to erect a pole or flag-staff. To erect a perpendicular, is to set or form one line on another at right angles.
  2. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.
  3. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.
  4. To elevate; to exalt. I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle. Locke.
  5. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage. Why should not hope / As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them? Denham.
  6. To raise a consequence from premises. [Little used.] Malebranche erects this proposition. Locke.
  7. To extend; to distend.

E*rect"
  1. Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.

    Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall. Milton.

    Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect -- a column of ruins. Gibbon.

  2. 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.
  3. To rise upright.

    [Obs.]

    By wet, stalks do erect. Bacon.

  4. Directed upward; raised; uplifted.

    His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view
    Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
    Pope.

  5. 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.
  6. Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.

    But who is he, by years
    Bowed, but erect in heart?
    Keble.

  7. To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.

    That didst his state above his hopes erect. Daniel.

    I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge. Dryden.

  8. Watchful; alert.

    Vigilant and erect attention of mind. Hooker.

  9. To animate; to encourage; to cheer.

    It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance. Barrow.

  10. Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.
  11. To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like.

    "To erect conclusions." Sir T. Browne. "Malebranche erects this proposition." Locke.
  12. Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
  13. To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.

    "To erect a new commonwealth." Hooker.

    Erecting shop (Mach.), a place where large machines, as engines, are put together and adjusted.

    Syn. -- To set up; raise; elevate; construct; build; institute; establish; found.

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Erect

ERECT', adjective [Latin erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus. See Right.]

1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect

2. Directed upward.

And suppliant hands, to heaven erect

3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken.

Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame;

But stand erect

4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer.

5. Stretched; extended.

6. In botany, an erect stem is one which is without support from twining, or nearly perpendicular; an erect leaf is one which grows close to the stem; an erect flower has its aperture directed upwards.

ERECT', verb transitive To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular direction, or nearly such; as, to erect a pole or flag-staff.

To erect a perpendicular, is to set or form one line on another at right angles.

1. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.

2. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.

3. To elevate; to exalt.

I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle.

4. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage.

Why should not hope

As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them?

5. To raise a consequence from premises. [Little used.]

Malebranche erects this proposition.

6. To extend; to distend.

ERECT', verb intransitive To rise upright.

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