Pronunciation: (i-rekt'), [key]
1. upright in position or posture: to stand or sit erect.
2. raised or directed upward: a dog with ears erect.
3. Bot.vertical throughout; not spreading or declined: an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule.
4. Heraldry.
a. (of a charge) represented palewise: a sword erect.
b. (of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright: a boar's head erect.
5. Optics.(of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.

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. 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. change (an inverted image) to the normal position.
8. assemble; make ready for use.

to become erect; stand up or out.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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