upset
I. verb (-set; -setting) Date: 1677 transitive verb 1. to thicken and shorten (as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end ; swage 2. to force out of the usual upright, level, or proper position ; overturn 3. a. to trouble mentally or emotionally ; disturb the poise of <
the news upset me
>
b. to throw into disorder c. invalidate d. to defeat unexpectedly <
was upset in the primary
>
4. to cause a physical disorder in; specifically to make somewhat ill <
spicy food upsets my stomach
>
intransitive verb to become overturned Synonyms: see discomposeupsetter noun II. noun Date: 1804 1. an act of overturning ; overturn 2. a. (1) an act of throwing into disorder ; derangement (2) a state of disorder ; confusion b. an unexpected defeat 3. a. a minor physical disorder <
a stomach upset
>
b. an emotional disturbance <
went through a big upset after his father's death
>
4. a. a part of a rod (as the head on a bolt) that is upset b. the expansion of a bullet on striking III. adjective Date: 1805 emotionally disturbed or agitated <
was too upset to speak to him
>

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  • upset — [up set′; ] for n. always, and for adj. also [, up′set΄] vt. upset, upsetting [ME upsetten: see UP1 & SET] 1. Obs. to set up; erect 2. a) to tip over; overturn [to upset a vase] …   English World dictionary

  • Upset — Up*set , v. t. 1. To set up; to put upright. [Obs.] With sail on mast upset. R. of Brunne. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end. (b) To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — [adj] disturbed, bothered agitated, all torn up*, amazed, antsy*, apprehensive, blue*, broken up*, bummed out*, capsized, chaotic, come apart*, confused, disconcerted, dismayed, disordered, disquieted, distressed, dragged*, frantic, grieved, hurt …   New thesaurus

  • Upset — Up set , n. The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upset — Up set , a. Set up; fixed; determined; used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — ► VERB (upsetting; past and past part. upset) 1) make unhappy, disappointed, or worried. 2) knock over. 3) disrupt or disturb. ► NOUN 1) a state of being upset. 2) an unexpected re …   English terms dictionary

  • Upset — Up*set , v. i. To become upset. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upset — I verb agitate, beat, bother, capsize, confuse, conquer, crush defeat, demolish, derange, destroy, disarrange, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, disorganize, displace, disquiet, distress, disturb, embarrass, enrage, evertere, fluster, invert,… …   Law dictionary

  • Upset — Upset. См. Осадка. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • upset — (v.) mid 15c., to set up, fix, from UP (Cf. up) + SET (Cf. set) (v.). Cf. M.Du. opsetten, Ger. aufsetzen. Modern sense of overturn, capsize (1803) is that of obsolete overset. Meaning to throw into mental discomposure is from 1805. The noun sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • upset — vb 1 *overturn, capsize, overthrow, subvert Analogous words: invert, reverse: bend (see CURVE vb 2) agitate, perturb, disturb, disquiet, *discompose, fluster, flurry Analogous words: bewilder, distract, confound (see PUZZLE vb): discomfit, rattle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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