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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

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

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.

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

Total relaxation is the secret to enjoying sitting meditation. I sit with my spine upright, but not rigid; and I relax all the muscles in my body.
Nhat Hanh

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
Dante Alighieri
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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