Erect

Definition of Erect

E`rect´
a.1.Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect.
Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall.
- Milton.
Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect - a column of ruins.
- Gibbon.
2.Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view
Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
- Pope.
3.Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
But who is he, by years
Bowed, but erect in heart?
- Keble.
4.Watchful; alert.
Vigilant and erect attention of mind.
- Hooker.
5.(Bot.) Standing upright, with reference to the earth's surface, or to the surface to which it is attached.
6.(Her.) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
v. t.1.To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.
[imp. & p. p. Erected; p. pr. & vb. n. Erecting.]
2.To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; as, to erect a house or a fort; to set up; to put together the component parts of, as of a machine.
3.To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
That didst his state above his hopes erect.
- Daniel.
I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
- Dryden.
4.To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
- Barrow.
5.To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like.
6.To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
Erecting shop
(Mach.) a place where large machines, as engines, are put together and adjusted.
v. i.1.To rise upright.
By wet, stalks do erect.
- Bacon.

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