Definition of erect in US English:



  • 1Rigidly upright or straight.

    ‘she stood erect with her arms by her sides’
    • ‘The flowers are upright, erect and funnel-like in shape, measuring about 40 mm in length.’
    • ‘He sat bolt upright, his hackles jumping erect.’
    • ‘Remembering to keep your body straight, head erect, arms straight and to the sides or above the head, is really quite difficult.’
    • ‘His back is perfectly straight and erect, his hands behind his head, grasping at his hair, face contorted in agony.’
    • ‘These were active, fast-moving animals, with fully erect and upright posture, just like dinosaurs and mammals.’
    • ‘He possessed an erect, upright bearing and as his hair turned gray, he became more physically impressive but not domineering in appearance.’
    • ‘The trunk is held erect with the spine straight and chest lifted.’
    • ‘They were tall and erect, straight men in every sense of the term.’
    • ‘Inhale while in lunge, bringing torso erect, then raise arms straight overhead.’
    • ‘Another of the positions is keeping the back straight and erect, with the vertebrae of the spinal column in a straight line.’
    • ‘I also prefer the world of Ash trees as they are straight and erect, no messing about clogging up the skyline.’
    • ‘When the bar reaches knee level extend your torso and stand erect with your straight down at your sides, exhaling as you do so’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She bent over, with her arm still erect, and snatched it with her other hand.’
    • ‘It was realized that the Neandertal people, when healthy, stood straight and erect.’
    • ‘The basic principle is to keep an upright, erect posture.’
    • ‘Suddenly, I saw its myriad blades rise erect and shivering.’
    • ‘The upright beam was held erect with guys, while the oblique arm or boom hoisted and swung the stone into position.’
    • ‘He stood erect, his arms hanging stiffly at his sides.’
    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.
      • ‘But I did notice that I was the only woman in there whose nipples were erect.’
      • ‘Such women as these emasculate the male sexual drive, they reduce the man's erect penis to a limp one!’
      • ‘An automatic system causes the nipple to become erect when stimulated by tactile or sexual stimuli.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems an erect penis used in a fictionally violent manner is somehow worse than a gun used the same way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I find it ludicrous that an erect penis or penetration is still something that is not really permitted to be shown.’
      • ‘A condom is a thin sheath, usually made out of latex, which is rolled onto an erect penis before sexual contact.’
      • ‘The canvas featured an erect penis and a crucifix with what appeared to be semen dripping from it.’
      • ‘It was fully erect, and standing straight out from his body.’
      • ‘However, while I was outside yesterday, I noticed that my left nipple was particularly erect.’
      • ‘Another effect of the treatment is erect nipples, which lasts about three to four weeks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As she said this, she lifted a plasticine model of an erect penis, complete with testicles and all.’
      • ‘Unfastening her bra he pulled it off slowly toward him, her erect nipples rubbing against the flesh of his chest.’
      • ‘He covered her erect nipple with his mouth and watched her.’
      • ‘She laughed at me and pulled my friend by his still totally erect penis into our bedroom.’
      • ‘It cannot produce desire; it simply helps to make a penis erect once the desire is there.’
      • ‘She muffled a small moan as his hand pinched her erect nipple through the dress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A Western man in the audience could attract as much attention as an erect nipple.’
      engorged, enlarged, swollen, tumescent
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[with object]
  • 1Construct (a building, wall, or other upright structure)

    ‘the guest house was erected in the eighteenth century’
    ‘the police had erected roadblocks’
    • ‘In the early Renaissance, the artist provided creative input, but the architect and builder were responsible for erecting a building.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had failed to prevent the builder of the flats from erecting a substandard structure…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a membership of 40 the church is prayerfully seeking a pastor and expecting to be able to erect their own church building.’
    • ‘Fred Snowden served as business manager of a church when it was erecting a church building.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The prefabricated building was erected on land beside St Nicholas Primary School on Friday after a delay of two days due to stormy weather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They quickly improved trade and commerce on the islands by building new hospitals and erecting strong fortifications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this point he was beginning to erect the walls and had paused from nailing the frame together.’
    • ‘Greenwich Council has given the church permission to erect a new church building and a terrace of six houses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some temples have gone so far as to stick women behind freshly erected opaque walls to separate the sexes.’
    • ‘Earlier, she made Cheng redecorate his office, erecting a wall to separate his room from that of other aides.’
    • ‘The bill includes the cost of erecting the various building structures as well as expenditure related to yesterday's elaborate festival programme.’
    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’
      • ‘Yet Mr Newbury erects a baffling theory, accusing Chalky of saying that the cement works does no harm.’
      • ‘We will have erected barriers to understanding and entrenched a division among people.’
      • ‘It is a rule of faith, setting boundaries without erecting unnecessary barriers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But in efforts to erect fire walls against same-sex relationships, the Mormon Church is unparalleled.’
      • ‘We erect a barrier of fear and desire that may become difficult to break through.’
      • ‘Japan's courts also appear unwilling to erect barriers to coddle the Old Guard.’
      • ‘They were not but, your Honour, what was happening was that they were erecting a contractual system and qualifying it.’
      • ‘The game would then be one simply of anticipating progress, and buying in its path, i.e., erecting barriers to improved land use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some even want us to erect barriers to keep jobs in the United States, even if it means curbing productivity gains.’
      • ‘The editorial goes on to point out the value of advertising in erecting barriers to potential competition.’
      • ‘Thus Huxley's attempt to erect a system of contractual rights in place of ‘natural rights’ must collapse.’
      • ‘Blaming them also provides a rationale for renationalizing Argentine firms, erecting barriers to imports and foreign investment, and increasing government spending.’
      • ‘Many are likely to resist by devaluing their own currencies or erecting new barriers against U.S. goods.’
      establish, form, set up, put in place, found, institute, initiate, formulate, devise, create, organize, frame
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Late Middle English: from Latin erect- ‘set up’, from the verb erigere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + regere ‘to direct’.