What does upper mean?
Definitions for upper
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word upper.
upper berth, uppernoun
the higher of two berths
piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot
"Uppers come in many styles"
amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speedadjective
a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
the topmost one of two
higher in place or position
"the upper bunk"; "in the upper center of the picture"; "the upper stories"
superior in rank or accomplishment
"the upper half of the class"
That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.
As the restless sleeper here, I'll take the lower berth. You take the upper.
The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole.
A stimulant such as amphetamine that increases energy and decreases appetite.
At a higher level, rank or position.
Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.
Of a later division of some period.
Of or pertaining to a secondary school.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: a comparative from up.
Give the forehead a majestick grace, the mouth smiling; which you shall do by making a thin upper lip, and shadowing the mouth line a little at the corners. Henry Peacham.
Our knight did bear no less a pack
Of his own buttocks on his back;
Which now had almost got the upper
Hand of his head, for want of crupper. Hudibras.
The understanding was then clear, and the soul’s upper region lofty and serene, free from the vapours of the inferior affections. Robert South, Sermons.
With speed to night repair:
For not the gods, nor angry Jove will bear
Thy lawless wand’ring walks in upper air. Dryden.
Deep as the dark infernal waters lie,
From the bright regions of the chearful sky;
So far the proud ascending rocks invade
Heav’n’s upper realms, and cast a dreadful shade. Addison.
The like corrupt and unreasonable custom prevailed far, and got the upper-hand of right reason with the greatest part. Richard Hooker, b. i.
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 leather for a shoe; a vamp
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
up′ėr, adj. (comp. of up) farther up: higher in position, dignity, &c.: superior:—superl. Up′permost, Up′most.—ns. Up′per, the part of a boot or shoe above the sole and welt; Up′perhand, superiority: advantage.—adj. Up′permost, highest in place, rank, &c.: first to come into the mind.—adv. in the highest place, first.—n. Up′per-stō′ry, a story above the ground-floor: the brain.—n.pl. Up′per-ten, the wealthier or leading class in a community.—adj. Up′pish, assuming, pretentious, snobbish.—adv. Up′pishly.—n. Up′pishness. [For affix -most, cf. Aftermost, Foremost.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Upper is ranked #100302 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Upper surname appeared 180 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Upper.
93.3% or 168 total occurrences were White.
4.4% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'upper' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1898
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'upper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3694
Rank popularity for the word 'upper' in Adjectives Frequency: #256
The numerical value of upper in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of upper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of upper in a Sentence
Cooper's Ferry is located in the upper Columbia River basin. The Columbia River would provide the first Americans their first route to interior lands south of the continental ice sheets.
What they don’t want, I think deep down, is for people just to do a home on 'Fixer Upper' with that intent of just VRBO-ing it to try and make a buck. They really do put their heart and soul into the home for that family, or that couple or that person.
Most common symptoms are headaches in the back of the head or upper part of the neck, and more serious symptoms are things like numbness or tingling around the face or tongue, weakness in arms or legs, difficulty swallowing, poor balance, difficulty walking and cognitive complaints like episodes of forgetfulness or episodes of unusual behavior.
CORONAVIRUS : BIOTECH COMPANY SHIPS FIRST BATCHES OF VACCINE, TO BE TESTED ON HUMANS : REPORT Nurses at a drive-up coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center sanitize their hands after taking a nose swab sample from a person in a car Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle. ( AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A 70-year-old physician in Paterson, N.J., -- who leads the emergency preparedness unit at an institution in the state -- was admitted to a hospitallast week with upper respiratory problems and remains isolated in intensive care. In Washington, an emergency physician in his 40s is in stable but critical condition after having symptoms consistent with the COVID-19. Itsunknown whether the virus was spread at work or in the community, The ACEP said. He worked at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., where at least 15 people have died from the virus, according to the New York Times. Its located near the Seattle area, whichis known as the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. This was an area with an outbreak, so they were expecting and prepared. That obviously makes us more nervous.Dr. Angela Fusaro, an emergency doctor in Georgia told the paper. NEW YORK CITY CLOSING MOVIE THEATERS, ENTERTAINMENT VENUES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS The recent shortage of N-95 protective masksis also worrisome fordoctors, who need them to treat patients, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams wrote on Twitter in late February. They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers cant get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk !
It’s just one of those programs that everybody feels is right on the verge of making something really big happen, and a lot of kids are attracted to that, alabama’s going to get theirs. Georgia’s going to get theirs. But now Texas AM is sort of right in that upper echelon of being able to recruit at that level.
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- superior, altCatalan, Valencian
- ylempi, ylä-, pohjoisempi, myöhempi, korkeampi, kaukaisempiFinnish
- ע� לִיוֹןHebrew
- 웃, 윗Korean
- superior, acimaPortuguese
- hanaq, hananQuechua
- поздний, верхнийRussian
- phía trênVietnamese
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