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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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Noun1.erecting - the act of building or putting uperecting - the act of building or putting up  
construction, building - the act of constructing something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"
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The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday it has requested police to protect facilities at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul in its effort to clear out the tents set up by the Our Republican Party and prevent its members from erecting more.
Yin Srin, a Kou Lorb resident, said erecting a ting mong in front of houses is a practice villagers carried out whenever many people fell sick unusually.
On directives of Deputy Commissioner Dr Imran Sheikh and Nazim Town-I Zahid Nadeem, Assistant Commissioner Town-I Qaiser Kundi launched the drive and removed encroachments from roads and footpaths and arrested 11 persons for erecting encroachments outside their shops in Gurr Mandi.
The assistant commissioner said that district administration was receiving complaints about the erecting of encroachments by shopkeepers and vendors which created hurdles for pedestrians besides affecting the flow of traffic.
Road areas and arrested 16 persons for overcharging consumers and erecting encroachments outside their shops while AAC Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) Najeedullah Khan carried out raids in different markets of Hayatabad and arrested 13 persons.
Erecting a bust in Georgia's Akhalkalaki town to Mikhail Avagyan, the executioner of the peaceful Azerbaijani population in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, is an initiative of certain pro-Armenian forces in Georgia, head of the European Diplomats' Association NGO Zurab Gventsadze told Trend.
On the directives of the Supreme Court, the CDA started erecting the boundary markers in June and was supposed to complete the project within 90 days.
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