Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.
Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.
(obsolete) Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
- Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect — a column of ruins.
(obsolete) Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
* Alexander Pope
- But who is he, by years / Bowed, but erect in heart?
- His piercing eyes, erect , appear to view / Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
(heraldry) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
- vigilant and erect attention of mind
To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.
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 house or a fort
To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
- to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.
- that didst his state above his hopes erect
To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
- I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
(astrology) To cast or draw up (a figure of the heavens, horoscope etc.).
* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 332:
- It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- 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.
* John Locke
- to erect conclusions.
To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
- Malebranche erects this proposition.
- to erect a new commonwealth