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upright

I.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an upstanding/upright citizen (=honest and responsible)
▪ The rest of his family are honest upright citizens.
sit bolt upright (=suddenly sit up very straight, for example because you hear something)
▪ Suddenly she sat bolt upright and said, ‘What was that?’
sit up straight/sit upright (=with your back straight)
▪ Sit up straight at the table, Maddie.
upright piano
upright posture
▪ her upright posture
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
sit/stand bolt upright
▪ We found her sitting bolt upright in bed with all the lights on.
▪ He sat bolt upright and kept his eyes on the table in front of him.
▪ Hotspur sat bolt upright in the saddle, his eyes narrowed on the hurtling horsemen, and never moved a hand.
▪ I walked across her line of vision and she sat bolt upright in annoyance.
▪ She sat bolt upright in the back seat during the hour long journey, some of which was on a motorway.
▪ She sat bolt upright, aches and pains quite forgotten.
▪ She sat bolt upright; her features were strong, her manna forthright, even aggressive.
▪ Suddenly I sit bolt upright, feeling a familiar stab of panic that can mean only one thing: the videos!
▪ Suddenly, Urquhart stood bolt upright, not twenty yards in front of the deer which froze in confusion.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Dickensian child victims grow into upright citizens if they grow up at all.
▪ Elfed, a sober and upright man who was to become unfairly the sounding board for Richard's first rebellions.
▪ He had seen one advertised, a small upright Bösendorfer.
▪ Here were the upright golden flames of the poplars lining the road, and the willows yellowing down by the creek.
▪ It went on a line into the stands and hit the same upright girder.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At the foot of the post are horizontal beams and diagonal beams to carry the weight of the uprights.
▪ Cylinders rely on suction, which is why they often have a higher wattage than uprights.
▪ He bounced one field goal off an upright and had two others blocked, including one returned for a touchdown.
▪ If there are any horizontal joints, noggins have to be fixed between the uprights to take the edges of these boards.
▪ They are fixed to the top of the existing uprights.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Upright

Upright \Up"right`\, a. [AS. upright, uppriht. See Up, and Right, a.]

  1. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree.

    With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright.
    --Dryden.

    All have their ears upright.
    --Spenser.

  2. Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways.

    And that man [Job] was perfect and upright.
    --Job i. 1.

  3. Conformable to moral rectitude.

    Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure.
    --J. M. Mason.

  4. Stretched out face upward; flat on the back. [Obs.] `` He lay upright.''
    --Chaucer.

  5. (Golf) Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft.

    Upright drill (Mach.), a drilling machine having the spindle vertical.

    Note: This word and its derivatives are usually pronounced in prose with the accent on the first syllable. But they are frequently pronounced with the accent on the second in poetry, and the accent on either syllable is admissible.

Upright

Upright \Up"right`\, n.

  1. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame.

  2. (Basketwork) A tool made from a flat strip of steel with chisel edges at both ends, bent into horseshoe, the opening between the cutting edges being adjustable, used for reducing splits to skeins. Called in full upright shave.

  3. (Football) the vertical part of a goalpost, especially the part above the horizontal bar; as, a field goal directly between the uprights.

WordNet

upright

  1. n. a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball sailed between the uprights" [syn: vertical]

  2. a piano with a vertical sounding board [syn: upright piano]

upright

  1. adj. in a vertical position; not sloping; "an upright post" [syn: unsloped]

  2. of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass [syn: good, just, virtuous]

  3. erect in posture; "behind him sat old man Arthur; he was straight with something angry in his attitude"; "stood defiantly with unbowed back" [syn: straight, unbent, unbowed]

  4. maintaining an erect position; "standing timber"; "many buildings were still standing" [syn: standing] [ant: falling]

  5. upright in position or posture; "an erect stature"; "erect flower stalks"; "for a dog, an erect tail indicates aggression"; "a column still vertical amid the ruins"; "he sat bolt upright" [syn: erect, vertical] [ant: unerect]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

upright

Old English upriht "erect, face-upward;" see up (adv.) + right (adj.1). Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (Old Frisian upriucht, Middle Dutch oprecht, Old High German ufreht, German aufrecht, Old Norse uprettr). Figurative sense of "good, honest, adhering to rectitude" is first attested 1520s.\n

\nAs an adverb, Old English uprihte. As a noun, 1560s in the sense "a vertical front;" c.1700 as "a vertical timber in framing;" 1742 in the sense "something standing erect." Meaning "an upright piano" is from 1860.\n\nTHREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]\n

\n\n
\nThe bent-over rear-entry posture they are talking about, of course, is kubda, the three-obol position at the bottom-end of a prostitute's price-range.

[James N. Davidson, "Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens," 1997]

Wiktionary

upright

  1. 1 vertical; erect. 2 Greater in height than breadth. 3 (context figuratively English) Of good morals; practicing ethical values. 4 (cx of a golf club English) Having the head approximately at a right angle with the shaft. adv. in or into an upright position n. Any vertical part of a structure, especially one of the goal posts in sports. v

  2. (cx transitive English) To set upright or stand back up (something that has fallen).

Wikipedia

Usage examples of "upright".

But whatever may be the phases of the arts, there is the abiding principle of symmetry in the body of man, that goes erect, like an upright soul.

In another hour I had the se acock installed, the line freed from the keel and the boat floating upright in her shady berth.

The flower under observation at first diverged a little from its upright position, so as to occupy the open space caused by the removal of the adjoining flowers.

But from observing the effects of placing plants in the dark, in which case several shoots became in two or three days upright or nearly upright, and when brought back into the light again became rectangularly curved, we believe that the bending is in part due to apheliotropism, apparently somewhat opposed by apogeotropism.

As this latter movement occurred in complete darkness, and with peduncles arising from upright and from dependent branches, it cannot be due to apheliotropism or to epinasty, but must be attributed to geotropism.

It has been avidly read until Philip of Spain has earned the contempt of every upright man.

There was a heavy clang, a thundering crash, the ship trembled, tilted, heeled, and slowly, painfully, settled back upright as Bade hung onto the desk and Runckel dove for cover.

The bailiff motioned for me to step down, off the witness chair, and I tried desperately to walk upright back to the bench where Baggy was still hunkering down, like a stray dog in a hailstorm.

He would have fallen except that a beefy hand wrapped around his arm and effortlessly kept him upright.

Being, fortunately for himself, seven or eight inches shorter than I, he was able to stand upright, and he began to inspect my arm-chair, which he doubtless thought was meant for his own use.

All seemed to be going well, but as the cart turned the corner out of Bergamot Street, Muirne abruptly jerked bolt upright.

He rose to his feet on the physical impulse of his own rage, but by the time he was fully upright, Biset was gone.

The low words seemed to hiss through the gray of the early morning, and Anna bolted upright in the narrow and lumpy pallet bed, not that she had slept that well, with nightmares of various shadowy figures chasing her through improbable settings, none of which she could remember clearly.

The overcaptain bolted upright at the table, his blade clearing the sheath, his face twisted in anger.

The other childher by now were sitting boult upright, stiff as ramrods, and staring wild-eyed at Mickey.