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Meaning of erect

e•rect

Pronunciation: (i-rekt'), [key]
— adj.
  1. upright in position or posture: to stand or sit erect.
  2. raised or directed upward: a dog with ears erect.
  3. vertical throughout; not spreading or declined: an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule.
  4. a sword erect.
    1. (of a charge) represented palewise:a sword erect.
    2. (of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright:a boar's head erect.
  5. (of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.
—v.t.
  1. to build; construct; raise: to erect a house.
  2. to raise and set in an upright or vertical position: to erect a telegraph pole.
  3. to set up or establish, as an institution; found.
  4. to bring about; cause to come into existence: to erect barriers to progress.
  5. to draw or construct (a line or figure) upon a given line, base, or the like.
  6. to form or create legally (usually fol. by into): to erect a territory into a state.
  7. to change (an inverted image) to the normal position.
  8. to assemble; make ready for use.
—v.i.
  1. to become erect; stand up or out.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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