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Definition of Upright


  1. Designating a club in which the head is approximately at a right angle with the shaft.
  2. 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.
  3. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree.
  4. Morally erect; having rectitude; honest; just; as, a man upright in all his ways.
  5. Conformable to moral rectitude.
  6. Stretched out face upward; flat on the back.
  7. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of Frame.

Upright Quotations

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.

Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand.
Benny Hill

Government has the role of suiting people for freedom. People aren't made for freedom spontaneously. There's sort of a 19-year race between when people are born and when they become adults. And government has a role in making them, at the end of 19 years, suited to be upright, trustworthy repositories of popular sovereignty.
George Will

A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
Marcus Aurelius

Throughout human history, in any great endeavour requiring the common effort of many nations and men and women everywhere, we have learned - it is only through seriousness of purpose and persistence that we ultimately carry the day. We might liken it to riding a bicycle. You stay upright and move forward so long as you keep up the momentum.
Ban Ki-moon
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Upright Translations

upright in French is droite
upright in German is senkrecht
upright in Italian is pari, verticale
upright in Latin is ingenuus, pius, rectus, erectus
upright in Spanish is perpendicular
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