from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being erect; uprightness of posture or form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Uprightness of posture or form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being erect, or of having an erect posture

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun position at right angles to the horizon
  • noun the property of being upright in posture


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  • This expansion frees the respiratory muscles and all the vital organs, gives man command of the elemental action of his body as a whole; that is, his erectness expresses higher emotions and experiences.

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  • The qualities that seem to have attracted Karin Boye in these poems are the ones associated with emotional and spiritual directness, or 'erectness' or 'straightness' - rakhet.

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  • And the boy, lean and lithe, sunbeaten and browned, skin-clad and in hair - fringed and hair-tufted MUCLUCS that showed the wear of the sea and rough work, coolly withstood her advances, his body straight and stiff with the peculiar erectness common to children of savage people.


  • Although small in stature, her slimness and the erectness of her carriage gave her the appearance of greater height.

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  • It had a very similar erectness as the NASA rocket in the photo.

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  • But he had no basket of tools, and he was not walking with the old erectness, looking keenly round him; his hands were thrust in his side pockets, and his eyes rested chiefly on the ground.

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  • Adam, as he pressed her arm to his side, walked with his old erectness and his head thrown rather backward as if to face all the world better.

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  • The supple erectness of her figure was gone, as though she had been broken by cruel exercise; as though there were no longer any reason for being beautiful, and supple, and erect.

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  • Instead of the weak, anaemic body and the shifty eyes of the average prisoner, he saw a man whose face and form blazed energy and power, and whose vigorous erectness no wretched clothes or conditions could demean.

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  • From behind a pile of goods emerged a customs-house officer, a dark green, dusty figure, of military erectness.

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