Ere'ct. adj. [erectus, Latin.]
- Upright; not leaning; not prone.
Birds, far from proneness, are almost erect; advancing the head and breast in progression, only prone in volitation. Brown.
Basil tells us, that the serpent went erect like man. Brown.
- Directed upwards.
Vain were vows,
And plaints, and suppliant hands, to heav'n erect. Phillips.
- Bold; confident; unshaken.
Let no vain fear thy gen'rous ardour tame;
But stand erect, and sound as loud as fame. Granville.
- Vigorous; not depressed.
That vigilant and erect attention of mind, which in prayer is very necessary, is wasted or dulled. Hooker, b. v. s. 33.