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upper

adjective up·per \ ˈə-pər \

Definition of upper

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


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upper

noun

Definition of upper

: one that is upper: such 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
: in straitened circumstances : destitute

First Known Use of upper

1789


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upper

noun

Definition of upper

1 : a stimulant drug; especially : amphetamine
2 : something that induces a state of good feeling or exhilaration

Origin and Etymology of upper

up + 2-er



UPPER Defined for English Language Learners

upper

adjective

Definition of upper for English Language Learners

  • : located above another or others of the same kind

  • : located at or near the top

  • : located toward the north


UPPER Defined for Kids

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upper

adjective up·per \ ˈə-pər \

Definition of upper for Students

1 : higher in position or rank
  • the building's upper stories
  • the upper classes
2 : farther inland
  • the region of the upper Mississippi River

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upper

noun

Definition of upper for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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upper

noun up·per \ ˈəp-ər \

medical Definition of upper

: an upper tooth or denture

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upper

noun

medical Definition of upper

: a stimulant drug; especially : amphetamine


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