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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Upper \Up"per\, a.; comp. of Up.
Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place,
position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper
lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a
The upper hand, the superiority; the advantage. See To
have the upper hand, under Hand. --Jowett (Thucyd.).
Upper Bench (Eng. Hist.), the name of the highest court of
common law (formerly King's Bench) during the
Upper case, the top one of a pair of compositor's cases.
See the Note under 1st Case, n., 3.
Upper covert (Zool.), one of the coverts situated above the
bases of the tail quills.
Upper deck (Naut.), the topmost deck of any vessel; the
Upper leather, the leather for the vamps and quarters of
Upper strake (Naut.), the strake next to the deck, usually
of hard wood, and heavier than the other strakes.
Upper ten thousand, or (abbreviated) Upper ten, the ten
thousand, more or less, who are highest in position or
wealth; the upper class; the aristocracy. [Colloq.]
Upper topsail (Naut.), the upper half of a double topsail.
Upper works (Naut.), all those parts of the hull of a
vessel that are properly above water.
(a) The atmosphere.
(c) This world; the earth; -- in distinction from the
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