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upper

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adjective up·per \ˈə-pər\

Simple Definition of upper

  • : located above another or others of the same kind

  • : located at or near the top

  • : located toward the north

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of upper

  1. 1 a :  higher in physical position, rank, or order <the upper lip> <upper management> b :  farther inland <the upper Mississippi>

  2. 2 :  constituting the branch of a bicameral legislature that is usually smaller and more restricted in membership and possesses greater traditional prestige than the lower house

  3. 3 a :  constituting a stratum relatively near the earth's surface b capitalized :  being a later epoch or series of the period or system named <Upper Cretaceous> <Upper Paleolithic>

  4. 4 :  northern <upper Manhattan>

Examples of upper in a sentence

  1. upper and lower front teeth

  2. the wing's upper and lower surfaces

  3. the ship's upper and lower decks

  4. Who will sleep on the upper berth?

  5. The upper stories are occupied by offices.

  6. the upper layer of the Earth's crust

  7. temperatures in the mid to upper 20s

  8. Write your name on the upper left-hand corner of the page.

  9. relief of upper back pain

  10. the mountain's upper and lower slopes



Origin and Etymology of upper

Middle English, comparative of 2up


First Known Use: 14th century


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upper

noun up·per

Definition of upper

  1. :  one that is upper: as a :  the parts of a shoe or boot above the sole b :  an upper tooth or denture c :  an upper berth

on one's uppers

  1. :  in straitened circumstances :  destitute



1789

First Known Use of upper

1789


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upper

noun up·per

Definition of upper

  1. 1 :  a stimulant drug; especially :  amphetamine

  2. 2 :  something that induces a state of good feeling or exhilaration



Origin and Etymology of upper

up + 2-er


First Known Use: circa 1968

Rhymes with upper



UPPER Defined for Kids

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upper

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adjective up·per \ˈə-pər\

Definition of upper for Students

  1. 1 :  higher in position or rank <the building's upper stories> <the upper classes>

  2. 2 :  farther inland <the region of the upper Mississippi River>




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upper

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noun up·per

Definition of upper for Students

  1. :  something (as the parts of a shoe above the sole) that is upper




Medical Dictionary

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upper

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noun up·per \ˈəp-ər\

Medical Definition of upper

  1. :  an upper tooth or denture




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upper

noun up·per

Medical Definition of upper

  1. :  a stimulant drug; especially :  amphetamine




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