upper

1 adjective (only before noun)
1 in a higher position than something else: the upper lip
2 near or at the top of something: The monkeys live in the upper branches.
3 have/gain the upper hand to have more power than someone else, so that you are able to control a situation: Police have gained the upper hand over the drug dealers in the area.
4 more important than other parts or ranks in an organization, system etc: the upper echelons (=the most important and most senior members of an organization)
5 the upper limit the highest limit: sounds that are at the upper limit of our hearing capability
6 further from the sea or further north than other parts of an area: the upper reaches (=the parts of a river that are the furthest from the sea): the upper reaches of the Nile
—see also: keep a stiff upper lip stiff 1 (9) 2 noun (C)
1 the top part of a shoe that covers your foot: leather uppers
2 uppers (plural) slang illegal drugs that make you feel happy and give you a lot of energy; amphetamine (1)
3 be on your uppers BrE old-fashioned to have very little money

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Upper — Up per, a.; comp. of {Up}. Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature. [1913 Webster] {The upper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upper — [up′ər] adj. [ME, compar. of up,UP1] 1. in a place or on a level above another [upper lip, upper jaw, upper floor] 2. higher in rank, authority, or dignity [the upper classes] 3. being farther north, farther inland, or at a higher elevation of… …   English World dictionary

  • upper — (adj.) c.1300, originally comparative of UP (Cf. up). Cf. M.Du. upper, Du. opper, Low Ger. upper, Norw. yppare. Noun meaning part of a shoe above the sole is recorded from 1789; sense of stimulant drug is from 1968. Upper crust is attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • upper — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated above another part. 2) higher in position or status. 3) situated on higher ground. 4) (in place names ) situated to the north. ► NOUN 1) the part of a boot or shoe above the sole. 2) informal …   English terms dictionary

  • Upper 10 — is a caffeinated lemon lime soft drink, similar to Sprite, 7 Up, or Sierra Mist. It was bottled by RC Cola.However, now that RC Cola is owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, bottlers are discontinuing it in favor of the similar and more popular 7… …   Wikipedia

  • Upper — Up per, n. The upper leather for a shoe; a vamp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upper — may refer to: * Stimulant drugs * Vamp the part of a shoe on the top of the foot * The top part of some other object or device (gun, etc.) * The more elevated, upstream, or northern part of a town, river, or other geographical feature (e.g., the… …   Wikipedia

  • Upper — (von engl. to upload sth., „etwas hochladen“) ist eine Bezeichnung aus der FXP Szene für jemanden, der Dateien auf einen Server lädt und diese sogenannten Leechern zur Verfügung stellt. Upper verfügen normalerweise über eine leistungsstarke… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • upper — [adj1] above high, higher, loftier, more elevated, overhead, top, topmost, uppermost, upward; concept 583 Ant. below, lower, under upper [adj2] superior beautiful, elevated, elite, eminent, greater, important, more important; concept 555 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • Upper [1] — Upper, (engl., spr. Öpper), ober, höher; bes. in Zusammensetzungen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Upper [2] — Upper, Städtischer Bezirk (Township) in der Grafschaft Lawrence des Staates Ohio (Nordamerika), am Ohio River; 3000 Ew …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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