Definitions

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  • noun The act of ascending a slope; ascent.
  • noun A way up; a slope.
  • noun A sudden rising of wind and sea; a storm.

Etymologies

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From Middle English upgang, from Old English ūpgang ("a rising, sunrise, a going up, an approach, an ascent, a landing, a going inland"), equivalent to up- +‎ gang. Cognate with Dutch opgang ("ascent"), German Aufgang ("rising, ascent"), Swedish uppgång ("a rise, a way up"), Icelandic uppgang ("expansion").

Examples

  • Trow ye yon’s the gate to heaven, that ye are sae fain of? — maybe we will win there the night yet, God sain us, though our minny here’s rather dreigh in the upgang.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • --- maybe we will win there the night yet, God sain us, though our minny here's rather dreigh in the upgang. ''

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

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