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1. Being in a vertical, upright position: an erect lily stalk; an erect posture.
2. Being in a stiff, rigid physiological condition, especially as the result of sexual stimulation.
tr.v. e·rect·ed, e·rect·ing, e·rects
1. To construct by assembling: erect a skyscraper.
2. To raise to a rigid or upright condition.
3. To fix in an upright position.
4. To set up; establish: erect a dynasty.
5. Mathematics To construct (a perpendicular, for example) from or on a given base.

[Middle English, from Latin ērēctus, past participle of ērigere, to set up : ē-, ex-, ex- + regere, to guide; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

e·rect′a·ble adj.
e·rect′ly adv.
e·rect′ness n.
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