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- Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.
- 1788, Edward Gibbon, chapter LXIV, in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, volume VI, London: […] W[illiam] Strahan; and T[homas] Cadell, […], →OCLC:
- Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect—a column in a scene of ruins.
- (of body parts) Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly, especially as the result of stimulation.
- (of a person) Having an erect penis.
- (obsolete) Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
- 1827, [John Keble], The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [B]y W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington, […], →OCLC:
- But who is he, by years / Bowed, but erect in heart?
- (obsolete) Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
- Watchful; alert.
- (heraldry) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
- (rigid; standing out perpendicularly): flaccid
vertical in position
standing out perpendicularly
- (transitive) To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.
- to erect a house or a fort
- (transitive) To cause to stand up or out.
- To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise.
- to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.
- (transitive) To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
- I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
- (transitive) To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
- a. 1678 (date written), Isaac Barrow, “(please specify the chapter name or sermon number). Of Contentment”, in The Works of Dr. Isaac Barrow. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: A[braham] J[ohn] Valpy, […], published 1830–1831, →OCLC:
- It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
- (transitive, astrology) To cast or draw up (a figure of the heavens, horoscope etc.).
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society, published 2012, page 332:
- In 1581 Parliament made it a statutory felony to erect figures, cast nativities, or calculate by prophecy how long the Queen would live or who would succeed her.
- (intransitive) To enter a state of physiological erection.
- 1828, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, page 113:
- On the 17th of July, the patient returned to the country, perfectly healed: the penis erected and he was capable of coition.
- 1917, Brain: A Journal of Neurology, page 292:
- On an adequate stimulus the penis erected, the testes were drawn up, and the dartos muscle slowly contracted.
- 2008 September 15, Naval Ahmed, Blue Moon On Bandideau, Lulu.com, →ISBN, page 234:
- His black dick erected with a long bend.
- 2012 July 12, Tim Glover, Mating Males: An Evolutionary Perspective on Mammalian Reproduction, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 126:
- When the penis erects, blood pours into what erectile tissue there is and enlarges the penis somewhat, but by making it turgid, the S-shaped bend is straightened out and the penis extends.
- (transitive) To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc.
- (transitive) To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
- 1812, Arthur Collins & Sir Egerton Brydges, Peerage of England, F.C. and J. Rivington et al, page 330:
- In 1686, he was appointed one of the Commissioners in the new ecclesiastical commission erected by King James, and was proud of that honour.
to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts
to cause to stand up or out