• WordNet 3.6
    • n upholder someone who upholds or maintains "firm upholders of tradition","they are sustainers of the idea of democracy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Upholder A broker or auctioneer; a tradesman.
    • Upholder An undertaker, or provider for funerals. "The upholder , rueful harbinger of death."
    • Upholder An upholsterer.
    • Upholder One who, or that which, upholds; a supporter; a defender; a sustainer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n upholder One who undertakes or carries on a business; a tradesman; a broker; a dealer, especially a dealer in small wares.
    • n upholder An undertaker; one who has charge of funerals.
    • n upholder An upholsterer.
    • n upholder One who upholds; a supporter; a defender; a sustainer: as, an upholder of religious freedom.
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  • Eric Burdon
    Eric Burdon
    “You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, go back to the factory or go back to the desk.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.”
  • Thomas Moore
    Thomas Moore
    “I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Those are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Up, + holder., Cf. Upholsterer


In literature:

Until he can do this, I shall uphold, justify, and sustain them, as I do other citizens.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
These are the clauses which the abolitionist, by voting or taking office, engages to uphold.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
They uphold slavery by law, and they can put it down by law.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
But he could never fully find words to uphold his position.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
But they only proved how hard it is to uphold an authority that is not established on the foundation of legitimate power.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
I shall of course uphold your father's wishes.
"His Big Opportunity" by Amy Le Feuvre
You must marry me in order to uphold your claim to France.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
The dagger of Fenton had turned him from an impassioned patriot and constitutionalist into a vehement upholder of absolutism.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
Despotism had been organized for making war; war was continued to uphold despotism.
"The Illustrated London Reading Book" by Various
My fathers went to that region in times long gone by to uphold their religious idees.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

How grandly her masts rise to heaven,
How glitters the blest Mary's form,
High placed o'er the stern, and upholding
The Prince of our Peace through the storm!
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And still the chastening hand I bless,
Which doth my steps uphold
Along earth's thorny wilderness,
Back to the Father's fold,
Where I Thy face in righteousness
Shall evermore behold.
"Resignation" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Sing of the air, and the wild delight
Of wings that uplift and winds that uphold you,
The joy of freedom, the rapture of flight
Through the drift of the floating mists that infold you.
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
THOU, that dost best provide, what we require —
That dost our bodies and our souls uphold,
I bless thee for thy glorious creature, Fire,
Which thou hast made to warm us when we're cold!
"A Thanksgiving For Fire, Warmth, &c. " by Rees Prichard
Father, to thee I bow!
In very love hast thou
Thy children summoned from earth's toils and tears.
Uphold me by thy strength,
Until I join, at length,
The friends thou gavest to my earliest years.
"My Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters" by John Pierpont
How from thy presence should I go
Or whither from thy spirit flee,
Since all above, around, below,
Exists in thine immensity?
I feel thine all-controlling will,
And thy right hand upholds me still.
"How precious are thy thoughts of peace" by James Montgomery

In news:

Appeals Officer upholds planning commission's issuance of conditional use permit to Viresco Energy.
Mike Townsend had a tradition to uphold.
Supreme Court ruling upholds TRALA's ' nerve center ' argument.
Netter 's Orthopaedics-This new compilation of Dr Netter 's famous drawings includes the work of his talented successors, who faithfully uphold the Netter t.
Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Onondaga Land Claim in New York.
South Carolina, Oklahoma and Michigan join a federal lawsuit to uphold property rights and checks and balances.
Russia court frees 1 jailed punk band member, upholds sentence for 2.
Delaware Court Upholds Airgas Board's Use Of Poison Pill .
High court upholds Cape Wind power purchase agreement .
Future of Health Care Costs After Supreme Court Upholds Law.
High Court Upholds Rape Conviction .
Court upholds child molester 's no-contact condition.
9th Circuit Court upholds R-71 signature release policy in Doe v Reed.
David Petraeus knew what standard of conduct he was expected to uphold after a 37-year career in the Army.
Fire and Police Commission Upholds Officer Firing.

In science:

However the introduction of inhomogeneous middle scales uphold the existence of a Cosmologic Principle on large ones, so until no counterevidence is shown, we can remain with this solution. We, however, note that there is another solution, even if it is not too convenient.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
Heat radiation or gas leaks and other on-board causes cannot be completely ruled out, but it is tough to uphold that the same intrinsic effect shows up in five spacecrafts that differ both in designs and tra jectories.
The Anomalous Acceleration of the Pioneer Spacecrafts
Upholding a quasiparticle picture their backaction onto the momentum distribution is described by a quantum Boltzmann equation which is an effective kinetic equation for the momentum distribution function in terms of a scattering integral.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
Several thought experiments, when analyzed properly, uphold this law (see, for example, Ref. ) and a proof is possible under different sets of assumptions .
Thermodynamical Aspects of Gravity: New insights
The SU (3)W breaking scale F and the coupling y1 cannot be chosen too large if one wants to uphold the pseudoGoldstone nature of the Higgs doublet, since the SU (3)2 violating effects in the (s)top sector are proportional to y1F , as discussed in the next section.
Higgs as a pseudo-Goldstone boson, the mu problem and gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking