Definition of erect in English:

erect

adjective

  • 1Rigidly upright or straight.

    ‘she stood erect with her arms by her sides’
    • ‘It was realized that the Neandertal people, when healthy, stood straight and erect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were active, fast-moving animals, with fully erect and upright posture, just like dinosaurs and mammals.’
    • ‘His back is perfectly straight and erect, his hands behind his head, grasping at his hair, face contorted in agony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another of the positions is keeping the back straight and erect, with the vertebrae of the spinal column in a straight line.’
    • ‘The flowers are upright, erect and funnel-like in shape, measuring about 40 mm in length.’
    • ‘He stood erect, his arms hanging stiffly at his sides.’
    • ‘They were tall and erect, straight men in every sense of the term.’
    • ‘The basic principle is to keep an upright, erect posture.’
    • ‘That is to say, these feelings, shaped by biology and gravity which commit us to an upright and erect posture, have obscured some very necessary goals of architecture.’
    • ‘I also prefer the world of Ash trees as they are straight and erect, no messing about clogging up the skyline.’
    • ‘He possessed an erect, upright bearing and as his hair turned gray, he became more physically impressive but not domineering in appearance.’
    • ‘She bent over, with her arm still erect, and snatched it with her other hand.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I saw its myriad blades rise erect and shivering.’
    • ‘Inhale while in lunge, bringing torso erect, then raise arms straight overhead.’
    • ‘The trunk is held erect with the spine straight and chest lifted.’
    • ‘When the bar reaches knee level extend your torso and stand erect with your straight down at your sides, exhaling as you do so’
    • ‘He sat bolt upright, his hackles jumping erect.’
    upright, bolt upright, straight, vertical, perpendicular, plumb, standing up
    bristling, standing up, standing up on end, upright
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    1. 1.1 (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) enlarged and rigid, especially in sexual excitement.
      • ‘Such women as these emasculate the male sexual drive, they reduce the man's erect penis to a limp one!’
      • ‘However, while I was outside yesterday, I noticed that my left nipple was particularly erect.’
      • ‘But I did notice that I was the only woman in there whose nipples were erect.’
      • ‘Another effect of the treatment is erect nipples, which lasts about three to four weeks.’
      • ‘As she said this, she lifted a plasticine model of an erect penis, complete with testicles and all.’
      • ‘So I wanted her, wanted to run my tongue over those erect nipples, to play with the twin black hairs, to know what it felt like to slip inside her.’
      • ‘An automatic system causes the nipple to become erect when stimulated by tactile or sexual stimuli.’
      • ‘She laughed at me and pulled my friend by his still totally erect penis into our bedroom.’
      • ‘It was fully erect, and standing straight out from his body.’
      • ‘There was pubic hair, an erect phallus, graphic sounds all sorts of things to incense prudes, and maybe even affect the more jaded among us.’
      • ‘It cannot produce desire; it simply helps to make a penis erect once the desire is there.’
      • ‘A condom is a thin sheath, usually made out of latex, which is rolled onto an erect penis before sexual contact.’
      • ‘She muffled a small moan as his hand pinched her erect nipple through the dress.’
      • ‘Unfastening her bra he pulled it off slowly toward him, her erect nipples rubbing against the flesh of his chest.’
      • ‘It seems an erect penis used in a fictionally violent manner is somehow worse than a gun used the same way.’
      • ‘He covered her erect nipple with his mouth and watched her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can be as powerful and intelligent and as rich as you like, but if I make your penis erect, you're under my control.’
      • ‘I find it ludicrous that an erect penis or penetration is still something that is not really permitted to be shown.’
      • ‘A Western man in the audience could attract as much attention as an erect nipple.’
      • ‘The canvas featured an erect penis and a crucifix with what appeared to be semen dripping from it.’
      engorged, enlarged, swollen, tumescent
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Put together and set upright (a building, wall, or other structure)

    ‘the guest house was erected in the eighteenth century’
    ‘the police had erected roadblocks’
    • ‘Planning permission was granted in October 1999 for a development of 32 houses with detached garages and included a proposal to erect a retaining wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bill includes the cost of erecting the various building structures as well as expenditure related to yesterday's elaborate festival programme.’
    • ‘With a membership of 40 the church is prayerfully seeking a pastor and expecting to be able to erect their own church building.’
    • ‘Greenwich Council has given the church permission to erect a new church building and a terrace of six houses.’
    • ‘The prefabricated building was erected on land beside St Nicholas Primary School on Friday after a delay of two days due to stormy weather.’
    • ‘In the early Renaissance, the artist provided creative input, but the architect and builder were responsible for erecting a building.’
    • ‘At this point he was beginning to erect the walls and had paused from nailing the frame together.’
    • ‘Covered by wild grass, one is not supposed to erect any buildings, plant any trees nor light any fires on this 20-meter wide strip of land.’
    • ‘Fred Snowden served as business manager of a church when it was erecting a church building.’
    • ‘It had failed to prevent the builder of the flats from erecting a substandard structure…’
    • ‘The afternoon would then find her in the practice yards in the drilling lines, or in the fields, erecting new buildings, or at the walls, mending a break or adding to the ever-thicker wood and stone barriers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They quickly improved trade and commerce on the islands by building new hospitals and erecting strong fortifications.’
    • ‘Earlier, she made Cheng redecorate his office, erecting a wall to separate his room from that of other aides.’
    • ‘While a small number of the men looked after the reindeer, the majority, including Sakariassen, were living in tents and employed in erecting the buildings of Eaton Station.’
    • ‘By the end of his first term, fully five million Americans were working directly for the federal government - cleaning parks, building post offices, erecting libraries and dams.’
    • ‘Some temples have gone so far as to stick women behind freshly erected opaque walls to separate the sexes.’
    • ‘If you invade someone's village and start trying to erect school buildings, there are bound to be several people living there who are somewhat better qualified for the job.’
    • ‘Before a builder can erect a house, there has to be a foundation.’
    build, construct, put up
    assemble, put up, set up, set upright, fit together, put together, piece together
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    1. 1.1 Create or establish (a theory or system)
      ‘the party that erected the welfare state’
      • ‘Japan's courts also appear unwilling to erect barriers to coddle the Old Guard.’
      • ‘Thus Huxley's attempt to erect a system of contractual rights in place of ‘natural rights’ must collapse.’
      • ‘The editorial goes on to point out the value of advertising in erecting barriers to potential competition.’
      • ‘We will have erected barriers to understanding and entrenched a division among people.’
      • ‘Some even want us to erect barriers to keep jobs in the United States, even if it means curbing productivity gains.’
      • ‘The economics of spam are so favorable to spammers that no matter how high regulation erects the barrier to entering the business it wouldn't be high enough.’
      • ‘We erect a barrier of fear and desire that may become difficult to break through.’
      • ‘They were not but, your Honour, what was happening was that they were erecting a contractual system and qualifying it.’
      • ‘Many are likely to resist by devaluing their own currencies or erecting new barriers against U.S. goods.’
      • ‘The game would then be one simply of anticipating progress, and buying in its path, i.e., erecting barriers to improved land use.’
      • ‘Blaming them also provides a rationale for renationalizing Argentine firms, erecting barriers to imports and foreign investment, and increasing government spending.’
      • ‘Le Tellier designed many of the reforms later carried out by Louvois; the father played the role of architect and the son of builder in erecting the edifice of French military administration.’
      • ‘The founders of religions and philosophies erected their ethical system on this basis.’
      • ‘Jesus is not a distant, indifferent ruler who erects barriers between himself and his people, as great kings and emperors have done throughout history.’
      • ‘‘This bill erects new barriers to lawsuits and places new burdens on the plaintiffs,’ Mr. Leahy said.’
      • ‘It is a rule of faith, setting boundaries without erecting unnecessary barriers.’
      • ‘Yet Mr Newbury erects a baffling theory, accusing Chalky of saying that the cement works does no harm.’
      • ‘They were not asked to erect philosophical systems on the basis of selected premisses, but to consider the kind of truth inherent in all of them.’
      • ‘When we deny permission by being too assiduous in erecting barriers against irresponsibility, we are also erecting barriers against the exercise of responsibility.’
      • ‘But in efforts to erect fire walls against same-sex relationships, the Mormon Church is unparalleled.’
      establish, form, set up, put in place, found, institute, initiate, formulate, devise, create, organize, frame
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

erect

/ɪˈrɛkt/