verb (used with object)
Origin of upright
Examples from the Web for upright
As I tried to get upright, I realized with horror that the blood was my own.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He slept in an upright position in a custom armchair, so the reasons for his lying down to sleep are open to speculation.
They look like evil corn silos or upright storm sewers or a trio of escaped steroidal church organ pipes wearing party hats.
So why not keep all passengers in the ‘upright position’ when they fly?
An upright position—with shoulder blades gently squeezed and neck held tall—can make a lot of difference.
The board a has for its base a heavy block of wood b, upon which two upright pins e e, are fixed.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Scarcely taking time to look the motor-cycles over, they pulled them upright and got into the saddles.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
She was crying like a Magdalen, but she never made a sound, and stood as upright as a post.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
Each log or upright beam of the beacon was to be fixed to the rock by two strong and massive bats or stanchions of iron.Records of a Family of Engineers|Robert Louis Stevenson
Davis was shot through the body, and suffering dreadfully, able to move only in an upright posture.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson|Edward A. Moore
British Dictionary definitions for upright
Word Origin and History for upright
Old English upriht, from up "up" + riht "right." Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian upriucht, Middle Dutch oprecht, Old High German ufreht, German aufrecht, Old Norse uprettr). Figurative sense of "good, honest" is first attested 1520s. The noun in the sense of "something standing erect" is from 1742.
THREE-PENNY UPRIGHT. A retailer of love, who, for the sum mentioned, dispenses her favours standing against a wall. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]
The bent-over rear-entry posture they are talking about, of course, is kubda, the three-obol position at the bottom-end of a prostitute's price-range. [James N. Davidson, "Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens," 1997]
Idioms and Phrases with upright
see bolt upright.