up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce upland (audio) , -ˌland \

Definition of upland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : high land especially at some distance from the sea : plateau
2 : ground elevated above the lowlands along rivers or between hills


geographical name
Up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce Upland (audio) \

Definition of Upland (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southern California west of San Bernardino population 73,732

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upland adjective
uplander \ ˈəp-​lən-​dər How to pronounce uplander (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for upland

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of upland in a Sentence

Noun the animals huddled on the upland as the floodwater rose
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, on the uplands of North Wales, Carneddau’s wild ponies are oblivious to the seismic changes afoot. NBC News, "Who's set to win when U.K. leaves EU? Wild ponies," 3 May 2020 Some of the greater expanses that are open include the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area near Suisun City, which is part of an 88,000-acre matrix of wetlands, sloughs, marsh and uplands. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Park closed during coronavirus? Look to wetlands to get outdoors," 15 Apr. 2020 Had everything gone to plan, NASA’s third mission to land astronauts on the moon would have deployed a pallet of science instruments and brought back samples from humanity’s first visit to the lunar uplands. Robert Z. Pearlman, Scientific American, "Apollo 13 at 50 Years: Looking Back at the Mission’s Lost Lunar Science," 13 Apr. 2020 There is an isolated upland area south of the wetland complex that would be accessed by two wooden boardwalks. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new 82-lot subdivision has taken a step forward in Mequon," 15 Jan. 2020 The Stevens 555 represents an exceptional value among upland over/unders. Jarrod Spilger, Outdoor Life, "8 Upland Bird Hunting Shotguns That Won’t Break the Bank," 17 Sep. 2019 This season a number of moose moved into Donnelly Flats from the uplands around Black Rapids. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A snowy winter can make things harder for some of Alaska’s moose," 15 Feb. 2020 Federal brought more choices to 28 gauge fans in the last couple of years, and offers more than a dozen 28-gauge loads, including specialized target and sporting clays loads as well as high-velocity upland and high-brass hunting loads. Michael Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "5 Reasons To Love The 28 Gauge," 14 Feb. 2020 The uplands surrounding wetlands often have good stands of grass, while cattails on the edges of the water provide cover all season long. Jarrod Spilger, Field & Stream, "8 Tips for Bagging More Late-Season Pheasants," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of upland


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Upland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upland. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of upland

: a region of high land especially far from the sea


up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce upland (audio) , -ˌland \

Kids Definition of upland

: high land usually far from a coast or sea

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