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

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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Springs dried up, fishponds filled in with mud washed down from the uplands, reefs were likewise smothered, and communities were forced to retreat or breakup, their members scattered to work in the wage economy elsewhere. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 The Big Canyon Wetlands Restoration Project in Newport Beach has received $1 million from the federal government by way of the California State Coastal Conservancy to restore 9.6 acres of coastal wetlands and uplands draining to Upper Newport Bay. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: Wooden Boat Festival coming to Newport Beach this weekend," 6 June 2019 In the uplands, lidar images revealed the long outlines of terraces and low field walls. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce upland (audio) , -ˌland\

Kids Definition of upland

: high land usually far from a coast or sea

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