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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is higher, contrasted with the lower.
  • n. The piece of leather, etc., that forms the top part of a shoe above the sole.
  • n. A stimulant such as amphetamine that increases energy and decreases appetite.
  • adj. At a higher level, rank or position.
  • adj. Situated on higher ground, further inland, or more northerly.
  • adj. Of a later division of some period.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a secondary school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior.
  • n. The upper leather for a shoe; a vamp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Higher in place: opposed to nether: as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; an upper story; the upper deck.
  • Superior in rank or dignity: as, the upper house of a legislature; an upper servant.
  • Vamps and quarters of boots and shoes collectively. Also called simply uppers.
  • n. The upper part of a shoe or boot, comprising the vamp and quarters.
  • n. plural Separate cloth gaiters to button above the shoes over the ankle.
  • Higher.

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

  • adj. higher in place or position
  • n. the higher of two berths
  • n. a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
  • n. piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot
  • adj. the topmost one of two
  • adj. superior in rank or accomplishment


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