American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in a vertical position or direction: an upright post. See Synonyms at vertical.
- adj. Erect in posture or carriage: "She sat with grim determination, upright as a darning needle stuck in a board” ( Harriet Beecher Stowe).
- adj. Adhering strictly to moral principles; righteous.
- adv. Vertically: walk upright.
- n. A perpendicular position; verticality.
- n. Something, such as a goalpost, that stands upright.
- n. An upright piano.
- v. To restore to an upright position: The tow truck uprighted the overturned tractor trailer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In golf, the lie of a club. See lie.
- Erect; vertical.
- Erect on one's feet; hence, erect as a human being; in general, having the longest axis vertical: as, an upright boiler.
- Erected; pricked up; standing out straight from the body.
- Adhering to rectitude; not deviating from correct moral principles; of inflexible honesty.
- In accord with what is right; honest; just.
- Well adjusted or disposed; in good condition; right.
- 4 and Just, Rightful, etc. (see righteous), honorable, conscientious, straightforward, true.
- n. Something standing erect or vertical. Specifically, in building— A principal piece of timber placed vertically, and serving to support rafters.
- n. In architecture, the elevation or orthography of a building. Gwilt. A molding-machine of which the mandrel is perpendicular.
- n. An upright pianoforte.
- Flat on the back; horizontally and with the face upward.
- adj. Vertical; erect.
- adj. Greater in height than breadth.
- adj. figuratively Of good morals; practicing ethical values.
- adv. in or into an upright position
- n. Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports.
- n. A word clued by the successive initial, middle, or final letters of the cross-lights in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
- n. informal An upright piano.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward.
- adj. Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just.
- adj. Conformable to moral rectitude.
- adj. obsolete Stretched out face upward; flat on the back.
- adj. (Golf) Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
- n. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See
- n. (Basketwork) A tool made from a flat strip of steel with chisel edges at both ends, bent into horseshoe, the opening between the cutting edges being adjustable, used for reducing splits to skeins. Called in full
- n. (Football) the vertical part of a goalpost, especially the part above the horizontal bar.
- adj. in a vertical position; not sloping
- adj. upright in position or posture
- n. a piano with a vertical sounding board
- adj. of moral excellence
- n. a vertical structural member as a post or stake
- From Old English upriht, from up + riht ("right") (Wiktionary)
“Mr. Woods was raised by his mother in what he calls an "upright Southern Baptist" environment in Manchester, Ga.”
“The prayer of the upright is as much his delight as ever it was, and the promises which are pleaded and put in suit in prayer are still yea and amen, inviolably sure.”
“Therefore the prayer of the upright is his delight, because he is a friend of God, and he loves him who, though he have not yet attained, is following after righteousness, aiming at it and pressing towards it, as St. Paul, Phil. iii.”
“He has assured us that the prayer of the upright is his delight; he smelled a sweet savour from Noah's sacrifice, and the spiritual sacrifices are no less acceptable, 1 Pet. ii.”
“God; the prayer of the upright is his delight, and therefore, we may hope, shall avail much, if it be an effectual fervent prayer.”
“In this unparalleled instance of divine grace, the upright is a ransom for the transgressors, the just for the unjust.”
“Today is osteoporosis-pill-day and I spent my half-hour (no food, no drink, remain upright) writing to them.”
“The stupid lowly, and the humble lowly, only, went down on its knees at the penitent form, admitted its pathological weight and hurt of sin, eliminated and purged all its bafflements, and walked forth again upright under the sun, child-like and pure, upborne by Abel Ah Yo's god's arm around it.”
“So it might seem that I have better things to do than attempt to remain upright on a rocking boat about 90 miles from Cuba, some of the greatest gamefish in the world swimming in waters around me, preoccupied with a tiny fish wriggling in my hand.”
“I imagined it struggling to remain upright, trying desperately not let the others down.”
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