• Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
    Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj upright in a vertical position; not sloping "an upright post"
    • adj upright 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"
    • adj upright of moral excellence "a genuinely good person","a just cause","an upright and respectable man"
    • n upright a piano with a vertical sounding board
    • n upright a vertical structural member as a post or stake "the ball sailed between the uprights"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A happy-looking kitten sitting upright A happy-looking kitten sitting upright

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Horses can sleep while standing upright.
    • Upright (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.
    • Upright Conformable to moral rectitude. "Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure."
    • Upright (Golf) Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
    • Upright In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree. "With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright .""All have their ears upright ."
    • Upright Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways. "And that man [Job] was perfect and upright ."
    • Upright Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame.
    • Upright Stretched out face upward; flat on the back. "He lay upright ."
    • Upright (Football) the vertical part of a goalpost, especially the part above the horizontal bar; as, a field goal directly between the uprights .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.
    • n upright In golf, the lie of a club. See lie.
    • upright Erect; vertical.
    • upright Erect on one's feet; hence, erect as a human being; in general, having the longest axis vertical: as, an upright boiler.
    • upright Erected; pricked up; standing out straight from the body.
    • upright Adhering to rectitude; not deviating from correct moral principles; of inflexible honesty.
    • upright In accord with what is right; honest; just.
    • upright Well adjusted or disposed; in good condition; right.
    • upright Just, Rightful, etc. (see righteous), honorable, conscientious, straightforward, true.
    • n upright Something standing erect or vertical. Specifically, in building— A principal piece of timber placed vertically, and serving to support rafters.
    • n upright In architecture, the elevation or orthography of a building. Gwilt. A molding-machine of which the mandrel is perpendicular.
    • n upright An upright pianoforte.
    • upright Vertically.
    • upright Flat on the back; horizontally and with the face upward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Upright up′rīt right or straight up: in an erect position: adhering to rectitude: honest: just
    • adv Upright vertically
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  • Bible
    “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]”
  • Motto
    “Upright whether in prosperous or in critical circumstances.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!”
  • Lewis Morris
    Lewis Morris
    “Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.”
  • Elias Canetti
    “Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. upright, uppriht,. See Up, and Right (a.)


In literature:

Mary took courage and drew herself haughtily upright.
"A Pair of Clogs" by Amy Walton
The young man sat stiffly upright, as one who listens, expectant.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The Master said, Tsang Wen lodged his tortoise with hills on the pillars and reeds on the uprights: was this his wisdom?
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Donald stood upright, a well-knit, vigorous man.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Though twice beaten back, he gained an upright position.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Be just, conscientious, and upright, and we shall meet again in eternity.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Our father Mitri is an upright man.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
But I am informed, if both parents have upright ears, there is hardly a chance of a full-lop.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
The body should be upright, and the shoulders thrown moderately backwards, displaying a graceful fall.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
But Timmendiquas stood upright, unchanging eyes looking at her from the impenetrable brown mask.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

So will he crown the upright mind,
When life and all its toils are o'er;—
Then let his praise, on every wind,
Rise, till the winds shall wake no more.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions X" by John Pierpont
Who fosters faith in upright breast,
And freely gives to the distress'd,
There sweet contentment builds her nest,
And flutters round his bosom.
Taste life's, &c.
"Taste Life's Glad Moments" by Alexander Boswell
But the full day beats on us, and the night
Is yet afar; so with strong heart and limb
Let us go onward, upward, and upright,
Until we take a twilight rest like him.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
And when, with a kind of mortal strife,
We had gasped and choked into breathing life,
He watched by the cradle, day and night,
And held our hands till we stood upright.
"Our Oldest Friend" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A visage stern and mild, where both did grow,
Vice to contemn, in virtue to rejoice;
Amid great storms, whom grace assured so
To live upright and smile at fortune's choice.
"Of The Death Of Sir Thomas Wyatt The Elder" by Henry Howard
“Judge, when they open the judgment-roll,
I will stand upright before God and pray:
‘Lord God, have mercy on one man’s soul,
For his mercy was great upon earth, I say.
"Les Noyades" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Aubrey Plaza is an actress and comedian that has been performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004, She is probably most recognized as April Ludgate from 'Parks and Recreation.
Upright positions tend to offer.
Upright bassist Brian Wolfe is married to back-up vocalist Maggie Wolfe.
Here's a plan for upright living.
Stand pretzels upright in a glass.
Prune out the upright-growing new sprouts this weekend if you haven't already gotten around to it.
When it comes to my efforts -- my decidedly "off and on" efforts -- to live a morally upright life, my goal is not purity .
The multitalented Dave Hill hosts a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade, performs standup, acts and plays in several indie rock bands.
A Fender Deluxe, a violin and an upright bass don't normally go together.
Pushin Rope is an alt-country-punk band founded by singer/guitarist Josh Renner and upright bassist Sierra Colt.
As time expired in Caldwell Sept 21, River Pilot Colton Wright split the uprights to claim a 24-21 come-from-behind victory over the Redskins.
That's the ladder shelf , a lightweight storage solution that's about as simple as it comes: two uprights and five shelves designed like trays.
During a thirteen-minute conversation about her music at the Cape May Jazz Festival this past April, the 36-year-old upright bassist's voice rises markedly in pitch and intensity no less than five times.
Standing upright for core training allows you to move your body in all planes of motion and enhances core and spinal stabilization and balance.
Both the lightweight 8-gal RD-8G and 18-gal RD-18G upright portable oil drains, from Ranger Products, feature wide-bodied designs to eliminate the risk of tipping and to ensure proper balance throughout the workday.

In science:

Ewert (1930) and Munn (1955/1965) have disputed the finding that visual experience becomes upright after experience with rotated incoming light.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
In flat space, far away from the gravitating ob ject, the light cones stand upright in a space-time diagram.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
The two upright areas symbolize the laser beams creating the Rydberg atoms.
Radio-frequency driven dipole-dipole interactions in spatially separated volumes
The flow is visualized under an upright microscope, typically at 104 frames/second.
Suspension flows past bluff bodies: Investigation in a microfluidic environment
Here is an illustration of the keyboard mechanism in an upright piano.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone