Webster 1913 Edition
Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior;
upperside of a thing; the
upperhouse of a legislature
The upper hand,
the superiority; the advantage. See
To have the upper hand, under
the name of the highest court of common law (formerly King’s Bench) during the Commonwealth.–
the top one of a pair of compositor's cases. See the Note under 1st–
one of the coverts situated above the bases of the tail quills.–
the topmost deck of any vessel; the spar deck.–
the leather for the vamps and quarters of shoes.–
the strake next to the deck, usually of hard wood, and heavier than the other strakes.–
Upper ten thousand, or (abbreviated)
the ten thousand, more or less, who are highest in position or wealth; the upper class; the aristocracy.
the upper half of a double topsail.–
all those parts of the hull of a vessel that are properly above water.–
This world; the earth; – in distinction from the
The upper leather for a shoe; a vamp.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.