up·land | \ˈəp-lənd, -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 \

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, -ˌlan- \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for upland

Synonyms: Noun

altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, highland, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of upland in a Sentence


the animals huddled on the upland as the floodwater rose

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Firstly, the realm of feelings comprises the sunny uplands of positive emotions, together with a shaded region of more ambivalent ones. Tim Lomas, BostonGlobe.com, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 The highway mowed down hundreds of homes, effectively forcing the neighborhood to retreat upland. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 Concerns over declines in Wisconsin ruffed grouse indices led the Natural Resources Board on Wednesday to take the unprecedented action of shortening the hunting season for the prized upland bird species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: With West Nile a threat and numbers down, the ruffed grouse season will end early," 27 June 2018 Proceeding north, the land rises from coastal uplands to gentle foothills. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 The blockchain pointed the way to the sunlit uplands of a genuinely decentralized world. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 There were hopes that a Macron-Merkel axis would lead the European Union to the sunlit uplands of a new era, but the French President's ambitions to deepen integration are not matched by the German Chancellor's caution. Tim Lister, CNN, "Europe is on the verge of a big new crisis, just six years after the last one," 2 June 2018 Even with a mostly dry December and January, Los Vaqueros still received 38 inches of rain, plenty to refresh this oak woodlands/uplands habitat. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spring arrives for Los Vaqueros’ nesting eagles," 1 Apr. 2018 Additionally, the borough owns 8,940 acres of adjacent uplands. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southcentral community leaders want in on LNG site selection studies," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of upland


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of upland

: a region of high land especially far from the sea


up·land | \ˈəp-lənd, -ˌland\

Kids Definition of upland

: high land usually far from a coast or sea

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