Dictionary: E-RECT' – ER'GO

a | b | c | d | e | f | g | h | i | j | k | l | m | n | o | p | q | r | s | t | u | v | w | x | y | z |


E-RECT', a. [L. erectus, from erigo, to set upright; e and rego, to stretch or make straight, right, rectus; It. eretto. See Right.]

  1. Upright, or in a perpendicular posture; as, he stood erect.
  2. Directed upward. And suppliant hands, to heaven erect. Philip.
  3. Upright and firm; bold; unshaken. Let no vain fear thy generous ardor tame; / But stand erect. Granville.
  4. Raised; stretched; intent; vigorous; as a vigilant and erect attention of mind in prayer. Hooker.
  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 aperature directed upward. Martyn.

E-RECT', v.i.

To rise upright. Bacon.

E-RECT, v.t.

  1. 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.
  2. To raise, as a building; to set up; to build; as, to erect a house or temple; to erect a fort.
  3. To set up or establish anew; to found; to form; as, to erect a kingdom or commonwealth; to erect a new system or theory.
  4. To elevate; to exalt. I am far from pretending to infallibility; that would be to erect myself into an apostle. Locke.
  5. To raise; to excite; to animate; to encourage. Why should not hope / As much erect our thoughts, as fear deject them? Denham.
  6. To raise a consequence from premises. [Little used.] Malebranche erects this proposition. Locke.
  7. To extend; to distend.


That can be erected; as, an erectable feather. Montagu.

E-RECT'ED, pp.

Set in a straight and perpendicular direction; set upright; raised; built; established; elevated; animated; extended and distended.


One that erects; one that raises or builds.


That which may be erected.

E-RECT'ING, ppr.

Raising and setting upright; building; founding; establishing; elevating; inciting; extending and distending.


  1. The act of raising and setting perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; a setting upright.
  2. The act of raising or building, as an edifice or fortification; as, the erection of a wall, or of a house.
  3. The state of being raised, built or elevated.
  4. Establishment; settlement; formation; as, the erection, of a commonwealth, or of a new system; the erection of a bishropic or an earldom.
  5. Elevation; exaltation of sentiments. Her peerless light my mind to high erection draws up. Sidney.
  6. Act of rousing; excitement; as, the erection of the spirits. Bacon.
  7. Any thing erected; a building of any kind. O. Wolcott.
  8. Distension and extension.


Setting upright; raising.

E-RECT'LY, adv.

In an erect posture. Brown.


Uprightness of posture or form.


A muscle that erects; one that raises.

ERE'LONG, adv. [ere and long.]

  1. Before a long time has elapsed. [Obs. or little used.] He mounted the horse, and following the stag, erelong slew him. Spenser.
  2. Before a long time shall elapse; before long. Erelong you will repent of your folly. The world erelong a world of tears must weep. Milton.


ER'E-MITE, n. [L. eremita; Gr. ερημιτης, from ερημος, a desert.]

  1. One who lives in a wilderness, or in retirement, secluded from an intercourse with men. It is generally written hermit – which see. Ralegh. Milton.
  2. The name of a newly discovered mineral of a yellowish brown color, found in Connecticut in albitic granite. The primary form of the crystal is a right oblique-angled prism. Shepard.


Living in solitude, or in seclusion from the world.


State of a hermit; a living in seclusion from social life. Murdock.

ERE'NOW, adv. [ere and now.]

Before this time. Dryden.

E-REP'TION, n. [L. ereptio.]

A taking or snatching away by force.

ER'E-THISM, n. [Gr. ερεθισμος.]

A morbid degree of energy and perfection in the performance of any function.


Relating to an erethism.

ERE-WHILE, or ERE-WHILES, adv. [ere and while.]

Some time ago; before a little while. [Obs.] I am as fair now as was erewhile. Shak.

ER'GAT, v.i. [L. ergo.]

To infer; to draw conclusions. [Not used.] Hewyt.

ER'GO, adv. [L.]