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up·per

 (ŭp′ər)
adj.
1. Higher in place, position, or rank: the upper bunk; the upper half of the class.
2.
a. Situated on higher ground: upper regions.
b. Lying farther inland: the upper Nile.
c. Northern: the upper Midwest.
3. Upper Geology & Archaeology Of, relating to, or being a later division of the period named.
4. Denoting the smaller and usually less broadly representative house of a bicameral legislature.
n.
1. The part of a shoe or boot above the sole.
2. Informal An upper berth.
3. uppers Informal The upper teeth or a set of upper dentures.
4. Slang
a. A drug, especially an amphetamine, used as a stimulant.
b. An exhilarating or euphoric experience.
Idiom:
on (one's) uppers Informal
Impoverished; destitute.

upper

(ˈʌpə)
adj
1. higher or highest in relation to physical position, wealth, rank, status, etc
2. (Physical Geography) (capital when part of a name) lying farther upstream, inland, or farther north: the upper valley of the Loire.
3. (Geological Science) (capital when part of a name) geology archaeol denoting the late part or division of a period, system, formation, etc: Upper Palaeolithic.
4. (Archaeology) (capital when part of a name) geology archaeol denoting the late part or division of a period, system, formation, etc: Upper Palaeolithic.
5. (Mathematics) maths (of a limit or bound) greater than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
n
6. the higher of two objects, people, etc
7. (Clothing & Fashion) the part of a shoe above the sole, covering the upper surface of the foot
8. on one's uppers extremely poor; destitute
9. (Dentistry) informal any tooth of the upper jaw
10. (Recreational Drugs) slang Also called (esp US): up any of various drugs having a stimulant or euphoric effect. Compare downer

up•per1

(ˈʌp ər)

adj.
1. higher, as in place, position, pitch, or in a scale: the upper stories of a house.
2. superior, as in rank, dignity, or station.
3. (of places) at a higher level, more northerly, or farther from the sea: upper New York State.
4. (often cap.) denoting a later division of a geologic period, system, or the like: the Upper Devonian.
n.
5. the part of a shoe or boot above the sole, comprising the quarter, vamp, counter, and lining.
6. an upper berth.
7. Usu., uppers.
a. an upper dental plate.
b. an upper tooth.
Idioms:
on one's uppers, Informal. poor; without means.
[1300–50; Middle English]

up•per2

(ˈʌp ər)

n. Slang.
a stimulant drug, esp. an amphetamine.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.upper - the higher of two berths
built in bed, bunk, berth - a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
2.upper - piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot; "Uppers come in many styles"
boot - footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
piece of leather - a separate part consisting of leather
quarter - piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
toe box - the forward tip of the upper of a shoe or boot that provides space and protection for the toes; "the toe box may be rounded or pointed"
vamp - piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoe
3.upper - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetiteupper - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
amphetamine sulfate, amphetamine sulphate - a sulfate derivative of amphetamine that is used as a stimulant for the central nervous system
bennie, Benzedrine - a form of amphetamine
Dexedrine, dextroamphetamine sulphate - an isomer of amphetamine (trade name Dexedrine) used as a central nervous system stimulant
drug of abuse, street drug - a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
deoxyephedrine, meth, methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, shabu, chicken feed, crank, chalk, trash, glass, ice - an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
excitant, stimulant drug, stimulant - a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
Adj.1.upper - the topmost one of two
top - situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf"
2.upper - higher in place or positionupper - higher in place or position; "the upper bunk"; "in the upper center of the picture"; "the upper stories"
high - (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high'); "a high mountain"; "high ceilings"; "high buildings"; "a high forehead"; "a high incline"; "a foot high"
3.upper - superior in rank or accomplishment; "the upper half of the class"
superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior ruler"

upper

adjective
1. topmost, top There is a smart restaurant on the upper floor.
topmost lower, bottom
2. higher, high the muscles of the upper back and chest
higher low, lower
3. superior, senior, higher-level, greater, top, important, chief, most important, elevated, eminent, higher-ranking the upper echelons of the Army
superior low, lower, junior, inferior

upper

adjective
Being at a height or level above another:
Translations
أعْلى،عُلْويفَوْقِيّوَجْه الحِذاء
hornísvršek
øvre
ylempi
gornji
cipõfelsõrész
efri, hærri, æîriyfirleîur
上の
상부의
aukštuomenėbato viršusesantis pačiame viršujepirmoje vietojeviršutinis
augšējaisvirsavirsējais
zvršok
zgornji
övre
สูงกว่า
üstüst kısımsaya
cao hơn

upper

[ˈʌpəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (in level) [deck, floor] → de arriba; (more frm) → superior
the upper atmospherela atmósfera superior
the upper slopes of Illimanilas pendientes más altas del Illimani
see also hand A11
see also reach C2
see also stiff A3
2. (in importance, rank) [echelons, ranks, caste] → superior
upper managementlos altos cargos de la administración
3. (on scale) [limit] → máximo
properties at the upper end of the marketinmuebles de la sección más cara del mercado
people in the upper income bracketlas personas con un nivel de ingresos superior
4. (in Geog names) → alto
the Upper Nileel alto Nilo
B. N
1. uppers [of shoe] → pala fsing
to be (down) on one's uppersestar en las últimas or (Sp) sin un duro
2. (= drug) → anfeta f
3. (Dentistry) → dentadura f postiza (superior)
4. (US) (Rail) → litera f de arriba
C. CPD upper arm Nbrazo m superior
upper case N (Typ) → mayúsculas fpl
in upper caseen mayúsculas
upper chamber N (Pol) → cámara f alta
the upper circle N (Theat) → la galería superior
upper class N the upper classesla(s) clase(s) alta(s)
the upper crust Nla flor y nata
Upper Egypt Nalto Egipto m
upper house N (Pol) → cámara f alta
upper lip Nlabio m superior
upper school Ncursos mpl superiores; (in names) → instituto m de enseñanza media
Upper Volta Nalto Volta m

upper

[ˈʌpər]
adj
(in position) [floor, storey, part, rung] → supérieur(e); [deck, jaw] → supérieur(e)
the upper slopes → les pistes les plus hautes (d'une station de ski)
the upper back → le haut du dos
the upper arm → le bras (partie supérieure du membre)
the upper body → la partie supérieure du corps
on the upper floor → à l'étage supérieur
(in scale) [limit, end] → supérieur(e)
Temperatures were in the upper thirties
BUT La température dépassait les trente degrés.
n
[shoe] → dessus m, empeigne f
(= drug) → amphé f upper atmosphere n
the upper atmosphere → les couches fpl supérieures de l'atmosphèreupper case nmajuscule f, capitale f
in upper case → en majuscules, en capitalesupper-case upper case [ˌˈʌpərˈkeɪs] adj
upper-case letter → lettre f majuscule, lettre f capitaleupper class n
the upper class → la haute sociétéupper-class [ˌˈʌpərˈklɑːs] adj [family] → de la haute société; [district, area] → huppé(e); [accent, attitude] → caractéristique des classes supérieuresupper crust n
the upper crust → la haute , les aristos mpl upper-crust [ˌˈʌpərˈkrʌst] adjaristo

upper

adj
obere(r, s); (Anat, Geog) → Ober-; temperatures in the upper thirtiesTemperaturen hoch in den dreißig; upper armOberarm m; upper lipOberlippe f; upper bodyOberkörper m; the upper reaches of the Thamesder Oberlauf der Themse; the upper Loiredie obere Loire; Upper RhineOberrhein m
(in importance, rank) → höhere(r, s), obere(r, s); the upper ranks of the Civil Servicedas gehobene Beamtentum; in the upper income bracketin der oberen Einkommensklasse; the upper middle class(es)die gehobene Mittelschicht ? hand 1 j
n
uppers pl (of shoe)Obermaterial nt; to be on one’s uppers (= destitute)auf den Hund gekommen sein
(inf: = drug) → Aufputschmittel nt, → Muntermacher m (inf)
(US Rail) → oberes Bett (im Schlafwagen)

upper

:
upper brain
n (Anat) → Großhirn nt
upper case
n (Typ: also upper-case letter) → Großbuchstabe m, → Versal m (spec); to set something in upperetw in Versalien setzen
upper-case
adjgroß; an upper Tein großes T, ein Versal-T (spec)
upper circle
n (Brit Theat) → zweiter Rang
upper class
nobere Klasse, Oberschicht f; the upperesdie Oberschicht
upper-class
adj accent, district, personvornehm, fein; sport, expression, attitudeder Oberschicht; to be upper (person) → zur Oberschicht gehören
upperclassman
n (US) Mitglied einer High School oder eines College
upper crust
n (inf)obere zehntausend pl (inf)
upper-crust
adj (inf)(schrecklich) vornehm (inf)
uppercut
nAufwärtshaken m, → Uppercut m
Upper Egypt
nOberägypten nt
upper hand
n to gain or get the upperdie Oberhand gewinnen (→ of, over über +acc), → Oberwasser bekommen
Upper House
n (Parl) → Oberhaus nt

upper

:
upper school
nOberschule f
upper sixth
n (Brit Sch) → ˜ Oberprima f
Upper Volta
n (Hist) → Obervolta nt ? Burkina Faso

upper

[ˈʌpəʳ]
1. adj
a. (jaw, lip) → superiore; (storey) → superiore, di sopra
the upper reaches of the Po → l'alto Po
b. (in importance, rank) → superiore, più alto/a, più elevato/a
the upper school → gli ultimi anni di scuola superiore
the upper income bracket → la fascia di reddito più alto
the upper middle class → l'alta borghesia
2. n (of shoe) → tomaia
to be on one's uppers (fig) (fam) → non avere il becco d'un quattrino

upper

(ˈapə) adjective
higher in position, rank etc. the upper floors of the building; He has a scar on his upper lip.
noun
(usually in plural) the part of a shoe above the sole. There's a crack in the upper.
ˈuppermost adjective
highest. in the uppermost room of the castle.
adverb
in the highest place or position. Thoughts of him were upper-most in her mind.
upper class
(of) the highest rank of society; (of) the aristocracy. The upper classes can no longer afford to have many servants; He speaks with an upper-class accent.
get/have the upper hand (of/over someone)
to have or win an advantage over. Our team managed to get the upper hand in the end.

upper

فَوْقِيّ horní øvre oberer ψηλότερος superior ylempi supérieur gornji superiore 上の 상부의 bovenste øvre wyższy superior верхний övre สูงกว่า üst cao hơn 上面的

upper

n. pop. droga estimulante, esp. una anfetamina;
a., comp. superior, más alto-a. que.

upper

adj (anat) superior (form), alto, de arriba
References in classic literature ?
Since the party, she had been more eager than ever, and had planned many ways of making friends with him, but he had not been seen lately, and Jo began to think he had gone away, when she one day spied a brown face at an upper window, looking wistfully down into their garden, where Beth and Amy were snow-balling one another.
One Sunday morning in the summer as he sat by his desk in the room with a large Bible opened be- fore him, and the sheets of his sermon scattered about, the minister was shocked to see, in the upper room of the house next door, a woman lying in her bed and smoking a cigarette while she read a book.
His lamp and Ned's had small hooks on them, so they could be carried in the upper coat pocket, showing a gleam of light and leaving the hands free for use.
I can see them now, exactly as they looked, working about the table in the lamplight: Jake with his heavy features, so rudely moulded that his face seemed, somehow, unfinished; Otto with his half-ear and the savage scar that made his upper lip curl so ferociously under his twisted moustache.
When they reached the cottage, the two seated themselves with some appearance of fatigue upon the upper step of the porch, facing each other, each leaning against a supporting post.
The cries came from no particular direction, though it was evident they filled the woods, and, as the appalled listeners easily imagined, the caverns of the falls, the rocks, the bed of the river, and the upper air.
In the front gable, under the impending brow of the second story, and contiguous to the street, was a shop-door, divided horizontally in the midst, and with a window for its upper segment, such as is often seen in dwellings of a somewhat ancient date.
But the child, unaccustomed to the touch or familiarity of any but her mother, escaped through the open window, and stood on the upper step, looking like a wild tropical bird of rich plumage, ready to take flight into the upper air.
Since the light brush, that second night on the upper landing, of the presence of a woman at the foot of the stair, I had seen nothing, whether in or out of the house, that one had better not have seen.
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
By my retentive memory of the hieroglyphics upon one Sperm Whale in particular, I was much struck with a plate representing the old Indian characters chiselled on the famous hieroglyphic palisades on the banks of the Upper Mississippi.
Peter's, the Great Pyramid, the Strasburg Cathedral and the Capitol in Washington were clustered against that wall, a man sitting on its upper edge could not hang his hat on the top of any one of them without reaching down three or four hundred feet--a thing which, of course, no man could do.