erec·​tor | \ i-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce erector (audio) \

Definition of erector

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that erects especially : a muscle that raises or keeps a part erect



Definition of Erector (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a metal toy construction set

Examples of erector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Large tunnels tend to use concrete segments which lock together to form rings – these are installed by an erector arm incorporated into the TBM. Laurie Winkless, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Pacific Coast Iron is a progressive structural steel and miscellaneous iron fabricator and erector, serving Southern California government, commercial, residential and medical clients for 45 years. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 The stadium looked like a giant erector set with more than 15,000 temporary seats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 Even if it wasn’t designed by Starck, though, ISS is magnificent, maybe even something of a miracle, a giant erector set assembled in orbit. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2020 But Ellison was also focused on the TEL, the transporter erector launcher that carried the missile through Pyongyang square. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 29 Oct. 2020 One of the least flashy but most crucial parts of North Korea’s nuclear program are transporter erector launchers, or TELs. Jon Herskovitz,, 9 Oct. 2020 There are a couple of ways to minimize erector tube/turret sticking while zeroing. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 7 Aug. 2020 Larger tubes also leave more room for turret adjustments, but only if erector tubes are not also enlarged. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 7 Apr. 2020

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1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Erector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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erec·​tor | \ i-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce erector (audio) \

Medical Definition of erector

: a muscle that raises or keeps a part erect

called also arrector


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