Pronunciation: (i-rekt'),[key] —adj. 1. upright in position or posture: to stand or sit erect. 2. raised or directed upward: a dog with ears erect. 3. Bot.vertical throughout; not spreading or declined: an erect stem; an erect leaf or ovule. 4. Heraldry. a. (of a charge) represented palewise: a sword erect. b. (of an animal or part of an animal) represented upright: a boar's head erect. 5. Optics.(of an image) having the same position as the object; not inverted.
—v.t. 1. to build; construct; raise: to erect a house. 2. to raise and set in an upright or vertical position: to erect a telegraph pole. 3. to set up or establish, as an institution; found.
4. to bring about; cause to come into existence: to erect barriers to progress. 5. Geom.to draw or construct (a line or figure) upon a given line, base, or the like.
6. to form or create legally (usually fol. by into): to erect a territory into a state. 7. Optics.to change (an inverted image) to the normal position.
8. Mach.to assemble; make ready for use.