KJV Dictionary Definition: erect


ERECT', a. L. erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus. See Right.

1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect.

2. Directed upward.

And suppliant hands, to heaven erect.

3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken.

Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame;

But stand erect.

4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer.

5. Stretched; extended.

6. In botany, an erect stem is one which is without support from twining, or nearly perpendicular; an erect leaf is one which grows close to the stem; an erect flower has its aperture directed upwards.

ERECT', v.t. To raise and set in an upright or perpendicular direction, or nearly such; as, to erect a pole or flag-staff.

To erect a perpendicular, is to set or form one line on another at right angles.

1. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.

2. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.

3. To elevate; to exalt.

I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle.

4. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage.

Why should not hope

As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them?

5. To raise a consequence from premises. Little used.

Malebranche erects this proposition.

6. To extend; to distend.

ERECT', v.i. To rise upright.


ERECT'ABLE, a. That can be erected; as an erectable feather.


ERECT'ED, pp. Set in a straight and perpendicular direction; set upright; raised; built; established; elevated; animated; extended and distended.


ERECT'ER, n. One that erects; one that raises or builds.


ERECT'ING, ppr. Raising and setting upright; building; founding; establishing; elevating; inciting; extending and distending.


EREC'TION, n. The act of raising and setting perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; a setting upright.

1. The act of raising or building, as an edifice or fortification; as the erection of a wall, or of a house.

2. The state of being raised, built or elevated.

3. Establishment; settlement; formation; as the erection of a commonwealth, or of a new system; the erection of a bishop-rick or an earldom.

4. Elevation; exaltation of sentiments.

Her peerless height my mind to high erection draws up.

5. Act of rousing; excitement; as the erection of the spirits.

6. Any thing erected; a building of any kind.

7. Distension and extension.


ERECT'IVE, a. Setting upright; raising.


ERECT'NESS, n. Uprightness of posture or form.