Upper
Upper Up"per, a.; comp. 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. [1913 Webster]

{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}, n., 3.

{Upper covert} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • upper — [up′ər] adj. [ME, compar. of up,UP1] 1. in a place or on a level above another [upper lip, upper jaw, upper floor] 2. higher in rank, authority, or dignity [the upper classes] 3. being farther north, farther inland, or at a higher elevation of… …   English World dictionary

  • upper — (adj.) c.1300, originally comparative of UP (Cf. up). Cf. M.Du. upper, Du. opper, Low Ger. upper, Norw. yppare. Noun meaning part of a shoe above the sole is recorded from 1789; sense of stimulant drug is from 1968. Upper crust is attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • upper — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated above another part. 2) higher in position or status. 3) situated on higher ground. 4) (in place names ) situated to the north. ► NOUN 1) the part of a boot or shoe above the sole. 2) informal …   English terms dictionary

  • Upper — Up per, n. The upper leather for a shoe; a vamp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upper — may refer to: * Stimulant drugs * Vamp the part of a shoe on the top of the foot * The top part of some other object or device (gun, etc.) * The more elevated, upstream, or northern part of a town, river, or other geographical feature (e.g., the… …   Wikipedia

  • Upper — (von engl. to upload sth., „etwas hochladen“) ist eine Bezeichnung aus der FXP Szene für jemanden, der Dateien auf einen Server lädt und diese sogenannten Leechern zur Verfügung stellt. Upper verfügen normalerweise über eine leistungsstarke… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • upper — [adj1] above high, higher, loftier, more elevated, overhead, top, topmost, uppermost, upward; concept 583 Ant. below, lower, under upper [adj2] superior beautiful, elevated, elite, eminent, greater, important, more important; concept 555 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • upper — up|per1 [ ʌpər ] adjective only before noun *** ▸ 1 higher than something else ▸ 2 near/at the top of something ▸ 3 higher in status ▸ 4 to the north ▸ 5 away from coast ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) higher than something else, especially one of two things… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • upper — 1. adj. & n. adj. 1 higher in place; situated above another part (the upper atmosphere; the upper lip). 2 higher in rank or dignity etc. (the upper class). 3 situated on higher ground (Upper Egypt). n. the part of a boot or shoe above the sole.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • upper — I UK [ˈʌpə(r)] / US [ˈʌpər] adjective [only before noun] *** 1) higher than something else, especially one of two things that are a pair He had a scar on his upper lip. You ll be able to see more if you sit on the upper deck of the bus. 2) near… …   English dictionary

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