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Definitions of upright

  1. 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"
  2. just and honest
  3. 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
  4. maintaining an erect position; " standing timber"; " many buildings were still standing"
  5. erect in posture; " behind him sat old man Arthur; he was straight with something angry in his attitude"; " stood defiantly with unbowed back"
  6. in a vertical position; not sloping; " an upright post"
  7. a piano with a vertical sounding board
  8. a vertical structural member as a post or stake; " the ball sailed between the uprights"
  9. Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
  10. 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.
  11. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree.
  12. Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways.
  13. Conformable to moral rectitude.
  14. Stretched out face upward; flat on the back.
  15. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame.
  16. Standing erect; just; honest.
  17. In an erect position.
  18. Something standing straight up, as a timber supporting a rafter.
  19. Uprightly.
  20. Uprightness.
  21. Right or straight up: in an erect position: adhering to rectitude: honest: just.
  22. Erect; perpendicular; just; honest.
  23. Vertical; erect.
  24. Something having a vertical position.
  25. Erect; perpendicular; erected; pricked up; just; adhering to rectitude; conformable to moral rectitude.
  26. Something erect or perpendicular; a representation of the front of a building.
  27. Erect; possessing rectitude; honest.
  28. Something standing erect and perpendicular; a timber supporting a rafter.
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Quotes of upright

  1. There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish. – Alfred Adler
  2. O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! – Dante Alighieri
  3. The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion. – Matthew Arnold
  4. I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3 :30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now? – Jim Capaldi
  5. The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity. – Thomas Carlyle
  6. I have met with some of them- very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools. – Giacomo Casanova
  7. Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing. – Chanakya
  8. It is almost impossible to imagine that any one could be so insensible to the high morality of Mr. Mill's character as to suggest to him any course of conduct that was not entirely upright and consistent. – Millicent Fawcett
  9. Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright they're grand. – Benny Hill
  10. The tombstone is about the only thing that can stand upright and lie on its face at the same time. – Mary Wilson Little
  11. Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty. – James Russell Lowell
  12. I am sustained by the tranquility of an upright and loyal heart. – Peter Stuyvesant
  13. There are successful scholars, public -spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men. – Xun Zi

Usage examples for upright

  1. In the country places this man who is now no longer upright and quick was a neighbour to all. – Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday
  2. Rip stood upright and shook his head to clear his vision. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  3. As she spoke she became aware of a shape behind the veranda windows, a man's upright figure passing and repassing. – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  4. The long, pointed ears stood upright – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  5. When I have got near enough, I stop, stand there upright and strong before the windows, take off my cap and stand there still. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  6. You've simply done what any upright humane, decent people would have done for a stricken old man, and you've done it well. – The High School Boys' Training Hike by H. Irving Hancock
  7. She understood the struggle between love and reason in his soul, and her upright little soul suffered with his. – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  8. Sabrina rose and sat upright in bed. – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  9. Then he sat upright suddenly and stared at Grant. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  10. Billy Kane sat suddenly upright on the tail- board of the van, the piece of sacking thrown now around his shoulders. – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  11. Jabour, the Marabout, is a wise, upright and amiable prince. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  12. Nobody was there, so I went over to the edge and lent agin a' upright – Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher by Eleanor Gates
  13. He needed only a clairvoyant who was not so upright that he fell over backward. – Somewhere in France by Richard Harding Davis
  14. I can see him again, standing upright with his head thrown back. – Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes
  15. Bring your rod back with a little jerk at the end to throw the line back behind you, but don't let the rod itself go back much beyond the upright position. – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  16. Marge sat bolt upright – The Aggravation of Elmer by Robert Andrew Arthur
  17. Sitting upright her body bent forward, she strained her ears. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  18. As for the little boy, he had been so startled that he almost let go his hold on one of the upright pieces of wood that held up the shelves. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store by Laura Lee Hope
  19. She had seized the nearest upright – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  20. When Avery felt her heart begin to beat again, she was lying back in a closed car with Ina seated beside her, very upright extremely alert. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell

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