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1    upright in posture or position; not bent or leaning  
an erect stance     
2    (of an optical image) having the same orientation as the object; not inverted  
3      (Physiol)   (of the penis, clitoris, or nipples) firm or rigid after swelling with blood, esp. as a result of sexual excitement  
4    (of plant parts) growing vertically or at right angles to the parts from which they arise  
      vb   mainly tr  
5    to put up; construct; build  
6    to raise to an upright position; lift up  
to erect a flagpole     
7    to found or form; set up  
8    also intr     (Physiol)   to become or cause to become firm or rigid by filling with blood  
9    to hold up as an ideal; exalt  
10      (Optics)   to change (an inverted image) to an upright position  
11    to draw or construct (a line, figure, etc.) on a given line or figure, esp. at right angles to it  
     (C14: from Latin erigere to set up, from regere to control, govern)  
  erectable      adj  
  erectly      adv  
  erectness      n  
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1    elevated, firm, perpendicular, pricked-up, raised, rigid, standing, stiff, straight, upright, vertical  
2    build, construct, elevate, lift, mount, pitch, put up, raise, rear, set up, stand up  
3    create, establish, form, found, initiate, institute, organize, set up  
,       adj   bent, flaccid, horizontal, leaning, limp, prone, recumbent, relaxed, supine  
      vb   demolish, destroy, dismantle, raze, tear down  

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