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upward adj
1 directed up; "the cards were face upward"; "an upward stroke of the pen"
2 extending or moving toward a higher place; "the up staircase"; "a general upward movement of fish" [syn: up(a), upward(a)] adv
1 spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position; "look up!"; "the music surged up"; "the fragments flew upwards"; "prices soared upwards"; "upwardly mobile" [syn: up, upwards, upwardly] [ant: down, down, down, down]
2 to a later time; "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward" [syn: up, upwards]

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Anglo-Saxon upweardes. See Up-, and -wards.


  • Upward \Up"ward\


upward (plural: upwards)
  1. In a direction from lower to higher; toward a higher place; in a course toward the source or origin; -- opposed to downward; as, to tend or roll upward.
    Looking inward, we are stricken dumb; looking upward, we speak and prevail. -Hooker.
  2. In the upper parts; above.
    Dagon his name, sea monster, upward man, And down ward fish. -Milton.
  3. Yet more; indefinitely more; above; over.
    From twenty years old and upward. -Num. i. 3.
  4. Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.


  1. : The upper part; the top.
    From the extremest upward of thy head. -Shak.

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