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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

UP'WARD, a. [up and ward, L. versus.]
Directed to a higher place; as with upward eye; with upward speed.
UP'WARD, n. The top. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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, upward] 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, upward, upwardly] [ant: down, downward, downwardly, downwards]
2: to a later time; "they moved the meeting date up"; "from childhood upward" [syn: up, upwards, upward]

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb or upwards Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a direction from lower to higher <the kite rose upward> b. (1) toward the source (as of a river) (2) toward the interior (as of a region) c. in a higher position <held out his hand, palm upward> d. in the upper parts ; toward the head ; above <from the waist upward> 2. toward a higher or better condition or level <young lawyers moving upward> 3. a. to an indefinitely greater amount, figure, or rank <from $5 upward> b. toward a greater amount or higher number, degree, or rate <attendance figures have risen upward> 4. toward or into later years <from youth upward> II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. directed toward or situated in a higher place or level ; ascending 2. rising to a higher pitch upwardly adverb upwardness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. & adj. --adv. (also upwards) towards what is higher, superior, larger in amount, more important, or earlier. --adj. moving, extending, pointing, or leading upward. Phrases and idioms: upwards of more than (found upwards of forty specimens). Etymology: OE upweard(es) (as UP, -WARD)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Upward Up"ward, Upwards Up"wards, adv. [AS. upweardes. See Up-, and -wards.] 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. --I. Watts. 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. Upward of, or Upwards of, more than; above. I have been your wife in this obedience Upward of twenty years. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Upward Up"ward, a. [AS. upweard. See Up, and -ward.] Directed toward a higher place; as, with upward eye; with upward course.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Upward Up"ward, n. The upper part; the top. [Obs.] From the extremest upward of thy head. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. An upward movement or look is directed towards a higher place or a higher level. She started once again on the steep upward climb... She gave him a quick, upward look, then lowered her eyes. ? downward ADJ: ADJ n 2. If you refer to an upward trend or an upward spiral, you mean that something is increasing in quantity or price. ...the Army's concern that the upward trend in the numbers avoiding military service may continue... ? downward ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Ascending, uphill. 2. Directed to a higher place.

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