Dictionary: UP-HEAV'ING – UP-PIL'ED

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Heaving or lifting up.

UP-HELD', v. [pret. and pp. of Uphold.]

Sustained; supported.


In architecture, a name given to poles used in scaffolding. – Brande.


Difficult, like the act of ascending a hill; as, uphill labor. Clarissa.

UP-HOARD', v.t.

To hoard up. [Not used.] Spenser. Shak.

UP-HOLD', v.t. [pret. and pp. upheld. Upholden is obsolete.]

  1. To lift on high; to elevate. Dryden.
  2. To support; to sustain; to keep from falling or slipping. Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Prov. xxii.
  3. To keep from declension. Atterbury.
  4. To support in any state. Ralegh.
  5. To continue; to maintain. Hooker.
  6. To keep from being lost. Faulconbridge, / In spite of spite, alone upholds the day. Shak.
  7. To continue without failing. Holder.
  8. To continue in being. Hakewill.


  1. One that upholds; a supporter; a defender; a sustainer. Swift. Hale.
  2. An undertaker; one who provides for funerals. Gay.

UP-HOL'STER-ER, n. [from up and hold.]

One who furnishes houses with beds, curtains and the like. Pope.


Furniture supplied by upholsterers.


  1. Higher in situation; being on upland; as, upland inhabitants.
  2. Pertaining to uplands; as, upland pasturage.

UP'LAND, n. [up and land.]

High land; ground elevated above the meadows and intervals which lie on the banks rivers, near the sea, or between hills; land which is generally dry. It is opposed to meadow, marsh, swamp, interval, &c. Uplands are particularly valuable as affording pasture for sheep.


Pertaining to uplands; dwelling on high lands or mountains. Chapman.

UP-LAY', v.t.

To lay up; to hoard. [Not in use.] Donne.

UP-LEAD', v.t.

To lead upward. Milton.

UP-LED', pp.

Led upward.

UP-LIFT', v.t.

To raise aloft; to raise; to elevate; as, to uplift the arm. It is chiefly used in the participle; as, uplifted eyes; uplifted arms. Milton. Swift.


Raised high; lifted; elevated.


Lifting up; elevating.

UP-LOOK', v.t.

To look up. [Not in use.] Shak.

UP'MOST, a. [up and most.]

Highest; topmost. Dryden. [Little used. We generally use uppermost.]

UP-ON', prep. [Sax. ufan, ufon or ufe. This is probably up and on; the Sax. ufe being the G. auf, up. On. Upon has the sense of on, and might perhaps be wholly dispensed with.]

  1. Resting or being on the top or surface; as, being upon a hill, or upon a rock; upon a field; upon a table; upon a river; upon the altar; upon the roof. He has his coat upon his back; his hat is upon his head.
  2. In a state of resting or dependence; as, upon this condition; he will contract with you upon these terms. Upon our repentance we hope to be forgiven.
  3. Denoting resting, as a burden. Impose upon yourself this task.
  4. In the direction or part of; as, upon the right hand.
  5. Relating to. They are now engaged upon the affairs of the bank.
  6. In consideration of; as, upon the whole matter. Dryden.
  7. Near to; as, a village upon the Thames.
  8. With, or having received. He came upon an hour's warning.
  9. On the occasion of; engaged in for the execution of. He sent the officer upon a bold enterprise.
  10. In; during the time of; as, upon the seventh day; upon the first of January.
  11. Noting security; as, to borrow money upon lands, or upon mortgage.
  12. Noting approach or attack. The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. Judges xvi.
  13. Noting exposure or incurring some danger or loss. You do this upon pain of death, or upon the penalties of the law.
  14. At the time of; on occasion of. What was their conduct upon this event?
  15. By inference from, or pursuing a certain supposition. Upon his principles, we can have no stable government.
  16. Engaged in. What is he upon? Locke.
  17. Having a particular manner. The horse is now upon a hard trot. Dryden.
  18. Resting or standing, as on a condition. He is put upon his good behavior.
  19. Noting means of subsistence or support. Cattle live upon grass.
  20. Noting dependence for subsistence; as, paupers come upon the parish or town. To take upon, to assume. To assume upon, in law, to promise; to undertake.

UP'PER, a. [comp. from up.]

  1. Higher in place; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing. An upper story is a higher one; the upper story is the highest. So the upper deck of a ship.
  2. Superior in rank or dignity; as, the upper house of a legislature. Upper hand, advantage; superiority. Upper-works, in a ship, the parts above water when the ship is properly balanced for a voyage; or that part which is above the main wale. Cyc.


The leather for the vamps and quarters of shoes.

UP'PER-MOST, a. [superl.; upper and most.]

  1. Highest in place; as, the uppermost seats.
  2. Highest in power or authority. Whatever faction happens to be uppermost. Swift.
  3. Predominant; most powerful. Dryden.


Piled upward. Wordsworth.