from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located on high or higher ground: an uphill mine entrance.
  • adj. Going up a hill or slope: an uphill climb.
  • adj. Marked by difficulty or strong resistance; laborious: an uphill election campaign against a popular incumbent.
  • adv. To or toward higher ground; up a slope.
  • adv. Against adversity; with difficulty: struggling uphill to make ends meet.
  • n. An upward slope or incline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. up a slope, towards higher ground
  • adv. with difficulty
  • adj. located up a slope or on a hill
  • adj. going up a slope or a hill
  • adj. difficult or laborious
  • n. An uphill route.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ascending; going up.
  • adj. Attended with labor; difficult.
  • adv. Upwards on, or as on, a hillside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Upward; up, or as if up, an ascent: as, to walk uphill.
  • Leading or going up a rising ground; sloping upward: as, an uphill road.
  • Attended with labor, fatigue, or exertion; difficult; severe; fatiguing; burdensome: as, uphill work; hence, not having free course; hampered: as, an uphill acquaintance.
  • n. Rising ground; ascent; upward slope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the upward slope of a hill
  • adv. against difficulties
  • adv. upward on a hill or incline
  • adj. sloping upward


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