: vertical in position
also : not spread out or decumbent
an erect plant stem
columns still erect in the ruins
: standing up or out from the body
: characterized by firm or rigid straightness in bodily posture
an erect bearing
archaic : directed upward
erected; erecting; erects
: to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts : build
: to fix in an upright position
: to cause to stand up or stand out
archaic : to direct upward
: to change (an image) from an inverted to a normal position
: to elevate in status
: to draw or construct (something, such as a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base
Adjective She sat erect, listening for her name. a lone tree remained erect after the terrible tornado had passed Verb The city erected a statue in his honor. They erected a marker over the grave.
Recent Examples on the Web
AdjectiveSeveral of these little women are erect, and others are recumbent; one stands on her head while a few look like they’ve been captured in mid-leap. —Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 While the posture of some sauropod species might have featured a neck held erect in swanlike fashion, Moore said that biomechanical studies suggested the Mamenchisaurid neck was elevated at an angle of about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizontal. —Katie Hunt, CNN, 15 Mar. 2023 Coyotes have large, erect ears and long slender legs. —Brandon Livesay, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2023 Their makeup includes abstract graphics painted above and below their eyes, and two of their pink braids stand erect on top of their head, molded into the shape of a heart. —Cassidy George, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2023 The meta-analysis, which complied data from over 75 studies done between 1942 and 2021, gathered measurements of the erect penises of over 55,000 men all over the world. —Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 17 Feb. 2023 Volunteers prepare the boots by carefully tying each lace and placing an empty water bottle inside each boot to keep it erect. —Fox News, 5 Aug. 2021 These experimental trees — only about 2,000 exist so far — grow erect, spineless and fast, while still being able to survive and thrive the in harsh, semi-arid climate of South Texas. —Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, 22 Oct. 2019 One is correctly seated at the table when the figure is erect but not rigid, not self-consciously tense; feet firmly on the floor; elbows off the table; left hand in the lap when it is not engaged. —Dan Danbom, The Denver Post, 17 Oct. 2019
VerbJust a mile away is the 17th-century St. Mary’s Tower, one of the defensive structures erected by the Knights of Malta to signal the enemy’s approach with cannon fire – the Comino Channel was a strategic waterway between Malta and Gozo. —Pavlo Fedykovych, CNN, 25 May 2023 The statue, erected in 1869, depicts the first US president on horseback, mounted above a towering granite pedestal. —Kate Armanini, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2023 Lawmakers and regulators have spent years erecting laws and rules meant to limit the power and size of the largest U.S. banks. —Lauren Hirsch, New York Times, 1 May 2023 Biden’s first invitation for a state visit went to France last year and President Emmanuel Macron was toasted at a black-tie dinner last December with more than 300 guests inside a heated pavilion erected on the south grounds of the White House. —Darlene Superville, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2023 The vote also gives staff the OK to start a separate process for erecting an all-new City Hall on a sixth block, and allocates $2 million in general fund money for consultants. —Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2023 But, by rights, there should be a statue erected in his honor at every tobacco plantation the length and breadth of the nation. —Nicholas Foulkes, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2023 Business ventures built four modest lodging properties, while 10 area ski clubs secured Forest Service permission to erect cabins. —oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2023 Zeilicovich says the Aruban government has been highly supportive of the Jewish community, even erecting a life-sized bronze statue in 2010 of Anne Frank in Queen Wilhelmina Park in downtown Oranjestad. —Dan Fellner, Sun Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 See More
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