Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To stand up; be erect; rise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To stand up; to be erected; to rise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To stand up; arise; be erect; rise.
  • noun construction, plumbing A section of a roof covering or flashing which turns up against a vertical surface.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English upstanden, equivalent to up- +‎ stand. Cognate with Dutch opstaan ("to rise, stand up"), German aufstehen ("to arise, get up, stand up"), Swedish uppstå ("to arise, emerge, come up").

Examples

  • The wiselaw blooger was there, very upstand crowd of the crumb-dala-crumb

    Cock gun. Aim carefully at foot. Squeeeeeeeeze ...

  • I think he needs to jump in and work really, really hard just to show that he's -- to upstand (ph) all the lazy rumors and to show that he's really serious about this, because people are wondering.

    CNN Transcript Sep 2, 2007

  • I scarce to have gone a great mile more, but there came two vague things out of a dark place, where certain rocks did upstand; and I smote them with the Diskos, and went onward; but what they did be, I never to know.

    The Night Land

  • I think he needs to jump in and work really, really, really hard just to show that he's -- to upstand all the lazy rumors and to show that he's really serious about this, because people are wondering.

    CNN Transcript Sep 2, 2007

  • Ideally, a circular or rectangular surface should be bounded by a 300 mm high upstand.

    Chapter 7

  • Ayana could trace the likenesses, perhaps most in the heads with the stiffly whiskered faces, in the upstand - ing, pointed ears, and in the tails.

    Breed to Come

  • Miss Keggs had been known to knock over the inkpot on her desk and sit and watch the ink dripping in a pool on to the floor without making the least attempt even to upstand the vessel.

    This Freedom

  • I scarce to have gone a great mile more, but there came two vague things out of a dark place, where certain rocks did upstand; and I smote them with the Diskos, and went onward; but what they did be, I never to know.

    The Night Land: Chapter 16

  • "Oh mein Gott, upstand and jump up your horse; she will surely be here directly!"

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • Then in the grave-mound's darkness did Sigmund the king upstand;

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs

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