Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Upright \Up"right`\, a. [AS. upright, uppriht. See Up, and Right, a.]
In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree.
With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright.
All have their ears upright.
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.
Conformable to moral rectitude.
Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure.
--J. M. Mason.
Stretched out face upward; flat on the back. [Obs.] `` He lay upright.''
(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 \Up"right`\, n.
Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame.
(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.
(Football) the vertical part of a goalpost, especially the part above the horizontal bar; as, a field goal directly between the uprights.
adj. in a vertical position; not sloping; "an upright post" [syn: unsloped]
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]
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
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
\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]
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
(cx transitive English) To set upright or stand back up (something that has fallen).
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.