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