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Webster 1913 Edition


Upper

Up′per

,
Adj.
;
c
omp.
of
Up
.
Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior;
as, the
upper
lip; the
upper
side of a thing; the
upper
house of a legislature
.
The upper hand
,
the superiority; the advantage. See
To have the upper hand
, under
Hand
.
Jowett (Thucyd.).
Upper Bench
(Eng. Hist.)
,
the name of the highest court of common law (formerly King’s Bench) during the Commonwealth.
Upper case
,
the top one of a pair of compositor's cases. See the Note under 1st
Case
,
Noun.
, 3.
Upper covert
(Zool.)
,
one of the coverts situated above the bases of the tail quills.
Upper deck
(Naut.)
,
the topmost deck of any vessel; the spar deck.
Upper leather
,
the leather for the vamps and quarters of shoes.
Upper strake
(Naut.)
,
the strake next to the deck, usually of hard wood, and heavier than the other strakes.
Upper ten thousand
, or (abbreviated)
Upper ten
,
the ten thousand, more or less, who are highest in position or wealth; the upper class; the aristocracy.
[Colloq.]
Upper topsail
(Naut.)
,
the upper half of a double topsail.
Upper works
(Naut.)
,
all those parts of the hull of a vessel that are properly above water.
Upper world
.
(a)
The atmosphere.
(b)
Heaven.
(c)
This world; the earth; – in distinction from the
underworld
.

Up′per

,
Noun.
The upper leather for a shoe; a vamp.

Webster 1828 Edition


Upper

UP'PER

,
Adj.
[comp. from up.]
1.
Higher in place; as the upper lip; the upper side of a thing. An upper story is a higher one; the upper story is the highest. So the upper deck of a ship.
2.
Superior in rank or dignity; as the upper house of a legislature.
Upper hand, advantage; superiority.
Upper-works, in a ship, the parts above water when the ship is properly balanced for a voyage; or that part which is above the main wale.

Definition 2022


upper

upper

English

Adjective

upper (comparative uppermore, superlative uppermost)

  1. At a higher level, rank or position.
  2. Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.
  3. (geology, of strata or geological time periods) younger, more recent
  4. (education) Of or pertaining to a secondary school.

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Noun

upper (plural uppers)

  1. That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.
    As the restless sleeper here, I'll take the lower berth. You take the upper.
  2. (shoemaking) The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole.
  3. A stimulant, such as amphetamine, that increases energy and decreases appetite.

Hyponyms

  • (shoemaking): vamp

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