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transitive verb Date: 1637 devoice
adjective Date: 1859 1. not verbally expressed 2. voiceless 2
adverb see unwary
noun see unwary
adjective Date: 1612 not justifiable ; inexcusable • unwarrantably adverb
adverb see unwarrantable
adjective Date: 1579 not alert ; easily fooled or surprised ; heedless, gullible • unwarily adverb • unwariness noun
I. adjective Date: 13th century 1. not cleaned with or as if with soap and water 2. ignorant, plebeian • unwashedness noun II. noun Date: 1830 an ignorant or ...
noun see unwashed I
adjective Date: 1886 not suitable or fit for watching ; tending to discourage watching
adjective Date: 13th century not tired or jaded ; fresh • unweariedly adverb
adverb see unwearied
transitive verb (unwove; unwoven; -weaving) Date: 1542 disentangle, unravel
adjective Date: 14th century archaic unwitting • unweetingly adverb, archaic
adverb see unweeting
Date: 1930 transitive verb to reduce momentarily the force exerted by (as a ski) upon a surface by shifting the weight or position of one's body intransitive verb to ...
adjective Date: 15th century 1. being in poor health ; ailing, sick 2. undergoing menstruation
adjective Date: 13th century 1. detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being ; unhealthy 2. a. corrupt, unsound b. offensive to the senses ; loathsome ...
adverb see unwholesome
adverb see unwieldy
noun see unwieldy
adjective Date: 1530 not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness) ; cumbersome • unwieldily adverb • unwieldiness noun
adjective Date: before 12th century not willing: a. loath, reluctant b. done or given reluctantly c. offering opposition ; obstinate • unwillingly adverb ...
adverb see unwilling
noun see unwilling
verb (unwound; -winding) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to uncoil ; wind off ; unroll b. to free from or as if from a binding or wrapping c. ...
noun Date: before 12th century lack of wisdom ; foolishness, folly
adjective Date: before 12th century lacking wisdom or good sense ; foolish, imprudent • unwisely adverb
adverb see unwise
transitive verb Date: 1594 obsolete to wish away
adjective Date: before 12th century 1. not knowing ; unaware 2. not intended ; inadvertent • unwittingly adverb
adverb see unwitting
adjective Date: 1553 1. being out of the ordinary ; rare, unusual 2. not accustomed by experience • unwontedly adverb • unwontedness noun
adverb see unwonted
noun see unwonted
noun see unworldly
adjective Date: 1707 1. not of this world ; unearthly; specifically spiritual 2. a. not wise in the ways of the world ; naive b. not swayed by mundane considerations ...
adjective Date: circa 1586 1. a. not impaired by use ; not worn away b. not worn ; new 2. not jaded ; fresh, original
adverb see unworthy
noun see unworthy
adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. lacking in excellence or value ; poor, worthless b. base, dishonorable 2. not meritorious ; undeserving 3. not deserved ; ...
transitive verb Date: 14th century to remove the wrapping from ; disclose
transitive verb Date: 1591 uncoil, untwist
adjective Date: 14th century 1. not expressed in writing ; oral, traditional 2. containing no writing ; blank
unwritten constitution
noun Date: 1890 a constitution not embodied in a single document but based chiefly on custom and precedent as expressed in statutes and judicial decisions
unwritten law
noun Date: 1641 law based chiefly on custom rather than legislative enactments
adjective Date: 1565 1. characterized by firmness or obduracy 2. characterized by lack of softness or flexibility • unyieldingly adverb
adverb see unyielding
Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to free from a yoke or harness 2. to take apart ; disjoin intransitive verb 1. archaic to unharness a draft animal 2. ...
Date: 1939 transitive verb to zip open intransitive verb to open by or as if by means of a zipper
abbreviation Upper Peninsula (of Michigan)
I. adverb Etymology: partly from Middle English up upward, from Old English ūp; partly from Middle English uppe on high, from Old English; both akin to Old High German ūf up ...
up a storm
phrasal in a remarkable or energetic fashion — used as an intensifier
up against
phrasal confronted with ; face-to-face with
up and down
adverb Date: 12th century 1. to and fro 2. alternately upward and downward 3. archaic here and there especially throughout an area 4. with regard to every ...
up close
adverb or adjective Date: 1653 at close range
up for grabs
phrasal available for anyone to take, win, or settle
up front
adverb Date: 1937 1. in or at the front 2. in advance 3. in an up-front manner ; frankly, forthrightly
up in arms
phrasal aroused and ready to undertake a fight or conflict
up in the air
phrasal not yet settled
up one's alley
also down one's alley phrasal suited to one's own tastes or abilities
up one's sleeve
phrasal held secretly in reserve
up one's street
or down one's street phrasal suited to one's abilities or taste
up the creek
phrasal in a difficult or perplexing situation
up the river
phrasal to or in prison
up the wall
phrasal slang into a state of intense agitation, annoyance, or frustration
up the wazoo
also out the wazoo phrasal in excess
up to
I. phrasal 1. capable of performing or dealing with 2. engaged in 3. being the responsibility of
up to one's ears
phrasal deeply involved ; heavily implicated
up to snuff
phrasal of sufficient quality ; meeting an applicable standard
up to speed
phrasal operating at full effectiveness or potential
noun see up-and-coming
adjective Date: 1926 gaining prominence and likely to advance or succeed • up-and-comer noun
adjective Date: circa 1755 1. marked by alternate upward and downward movement, action, or surface 2. perpendicular
noun Date: 1863 an honest or respectable course — used in the phrase on the up-and-up
noun Date: 1876 a stroke in playing a bowed instrument in which the bow is moved across the strings from the tip to the heel
adjective Date: 1910 of, relating to, or characteristic of an inland, upland, or outlying region • up-country noun • up-country adverb
adjective Date: 1945 being or coming in or at the front: as a. (1) being in a conspicuous or leading position (2) frank, forthright b. playing in a front line ...
adjective Date: 1948 having a fast-moving tempo
adjective Date: 1887 1. extending up to the present time ; including the latest information 2. abreast of the times ; modern • up-to-dately adverb • up-to-dateness ...
adverb see up-to-date
noun see up-to-date
adjective Date: 1912 1. extending up to the immediate present ; including the very latest information 2. marked by complete up-to-dateness
noun Etymology: Sanskrit upaniṣad Date: 1805 one of a class of Vedic treatises dealing with broad philosophic problems • Upanishadic adjective
adjective see Upanishad
noun Etymology: Indonesian Malay pohon upas poison tree Date: 1814 1. a tall tropical Asian tree (Antiaris toxicaria) of the mulberry family with a latex that contains ...
I. noun Date: 1869 1. an unaccented beat or portion of a beat in a musical measure; specifically the last beat of the measure 2. an increase in activity or prosperity II. ...
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English upbreyden, from Old English ūpbregdan, probably from ūp up + bregdan to snatch, move suddenly — more at braid Date: 12th century ...
noun see upbraid
noun Date: 1520 early training; especially a particular way of bringing up a child
transitive verb (upbuilt; -building) Date: 1513 build up
abbreviation Universal Product Code
noun Date: 1883 something cast up
verb Date: 1929 vomit
adverb Date: 1909 up the coast
adjective Date: 1943 forthcoming, approaching
I. transitive verb Date: 1941 to bring up to date II. noun Date: 1965 1. an act or instance of updating 2. current information for updating something 3. an up-to-date ...
biographical name John (Hoyer) 1932- American writer
noun (plural updos) Etymology: up swept hairdo Date: 1938 an upswept hairdo
noun Date: circa 1887 an upward movement of gas (as air)
Date: 1823 transitive verb 1. to set or stand on end; also overturn 1 2. a. to affect to the point of being upset or flurried b. defeat, beat intransitive ...
adverb or adjective Date: circa 1934 in or into the part of the field toward which the offensive team is headed
noun see upgrade II
adjective see upgrade II
I. noun Date: 1873 1. an upward grade or slope 2. increase, rise 3. improvement 2b II. verb Date: 1901 transitive verb to raise or improve the grade of: as a. to ...
noun see upgrade II
adjective see upgrade II
noun Date: 1844 the process of growing upward ; development; also a product or result of this
noun Date: 1838 1. the action or an instance of upheaving especially of part of the earth's crust 2. extreme agitation or disorder ; radical change; also an instance of this
Date: 13th century transitive verb to heave up ; lift intransitive verb to move upward especially with power • upheaver noun
noun see upheave
I. adverb Date: 1535 1. upward on a hill or incline 2. against difficulties II. noun Date: 1548 rising ground ; ascent III. adjective Date: 1613 1. situated on ...
transitive verb (upheld; -holding) Date: 13th century 1. a. to give support to b. to support against an opponent 2. a. to keep elevated b. to lift up Synonyms: ...
noun see uphold
transitive verb (-stered; upholstering) Etymology: back-formation from upholstery Date: 1849 to furnish with or as if with upholstery • upholsterer noun
noun see upholster
noun (plural -steries) Etymology: Middle English upholdester upholsterer, from upholden to uphold, from up + holden to hold Date: 1597 materials (as fabric, padding, and ...
abbreviation United Press International
biographical name Richard 1802-1878 American (English-born) architect
noun Date: 1884 1. the act of maintaining in good condition ; the state of being maintained in good condition 2. the cost of maintaining in good condition
noun Date: 1566 1. high land especially at some distance from the sea ; plateau 2. ground elevated above the lowlands along rivers or between hills • upland adjective ...
geographical name city SW California W of San Bernardino population 68,393
upland cotton
noun Date: 1819 a widely cultivated American cotton plant (Gossypium hirsutum) having short- to medium-staple fibers
upland plover
noun see upland sandpiper
upland sandpiper
noun Date: circa 1890 a large short-billed American sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) that frequents fields and prairies — called also upland plover
noun see upland
I. Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to lift up ; elevate; especially to cause (a portion of the earth's surface) to rise above adjacent areas 2. to improve the ...
noun see uplift I
noun Date: 1968 1. a communications channel for transmissions to a spacecraft or satellite; also the transmissions themselves 2. a facility on earth for transmitting to a ...
transitive verb Date: 1983 to transfer (as data or files) from a computer to the memory of another device (as a larger or remote computer)
noun Date: 1959 one-upmanship
adjective Date: 1972 upscale • upmarket adverb
adjective Date: 14th century uppermost
geographical name island S Pacific in independent Samoa
I. preposition Date: 12th century on II. adverb Date: 13th century 1. obsolete on the surface ; on it 2. obsolete thereafter, thereon
upon my word
phrasal with my assurance ; indeed, assuredly
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, comparative of 2up Date: 14th century 1. a. higher in physical position, rank, or order b. farther inland 2. constituting ...
Upper Adige
geographical name — see Alto Adige
Upper Arlington
geographical name city central Ohio W of Columbus population 33,686
Upper Canada
geographical name the Canadian province 1791-1841 corresponding to the S part of modern Ontario — see Lower Canada
upper case
noun Date: 1683 a type case containing capitals and usually small capitals, fractions, symbols, and accents
upper class
noun Date: 1814 a social class occupying a position above the middle class and having the highest status in a society
upper crust
noun Date: 1836 the highest social class or group; especially the highest circle of the upper class • upper-crust adjective
upper hand
noun Date: 15th century mastery, advantage, control
Upper Karoo
geographical name — see karoo
Upper Klamath Lake
geographical name lake 30 miles (48 kilometers) long S Oregon SSE of Crater Lake drained by Klamath River — see Lower Klamath Lake
Upper Palatinate
geographical name — see palatinate
Upper Peninsula
geographical name the N part of Michigan between Lake Superior to the N & Lakes Michigan & Huron to the S
upper respiratory
adjective Date: 1950 of, affecting, or being the part of the respiratory system that includes the nose, nasal passages, and nasopharynx
Upper Volta
geographical name — see Burkina Faso • Upper Voltan adjective or noun
Upper Voltan
adjective or noun see Upper Volta
adjective Date: 1837 of, relating to, or characteristic of the upper class
adjective see upper crust
I. adjective Etymology: from the compositor's practice of keeping capital letters in the upper of a pair of type cases Date: 1738 capital 1 II. noun Date: circa 1916 ...
noun Date: 1871 a member of the junior or senior class in a school or college
noun Date: 1842 a swinging blow (as in boxing) directed upward with a bent arm • uppercut verb
adverb Date: 15th century in or into the highest or most prominent position • uppermost adjective
noun Date: 1526 a part lying on the upper side (as of a bird)
adjective Date: 1677 uppity • uppishly adverb • uppishness noun
adverb see uppish
noun see uppish
noun see uppity
adjective Etymology: probably from up + -ity (as in persnickity, variant of persnickety) Date: 1880 putting on or marked by airs of superiority ; arrogant, presumptuous ...
noun see uppity
geographical name city E Sweden NNW of Stockholm population 174,554
transitive verb Date: 14th century to raise or lift up ; elevate
transitive verb Date: 1965 upgrade; specifically to improve the power output of (as an engine)
Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to lift up 2. erect intransitive verb rise
I. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. perpendicular, vertical b. erect in carriage or posture c. having the main axis or a main part perpendicular 2. ...
upright piano
noun Date: 1857 a piano with vertical frame and strings — compare grand piano
adverb see upright I
noun see upright I
I. intransitive verb (uprose; uprisen; uprising) Date: 14th century 1. a. to rise to a higher position b. (1) stand up (2) to get out of bed c. to come into ...
noun see uprise I
noun Date: 13th century an act or instance of rising up; especially a usually localized act of popular violence in defiance usually of an established government Synonyms: ...
adverb or adjective Date: 1774 toward or at a point nearer the source of a river
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Dutch oproer, from Middle Dutch, from op up (akin to Old English ūp) + roer motion; akin to Old English hrēran to stir Date: 1526 a ...
adjective Date: 1800 1. marked by uproar 2. very noisy and full 3. extremely funny • uproariously adverb • uproariousness noun
adverb see uproarious
noun see uproarious
transitive verb Date: circa 1620 1. to remove as if by pulling up 2. to pull up by the roots 3. to displace from a country or traditional habitat Synonyms: see ...
noun see uproot
noun see uproot
noun Date: 1871 1. an upward rush (as of gas or liquid) 2. a sudden increase
abbreviation uninterruptible power supply
ups and downs
noun plural Date: 1659 alternating rise and fall especially in fortune
adjective Date: 1966 relating to, being, or appealing to affluent consumers; also of a superior quality • upscale adverb or transitive verb
I. verb (-set; -setting) Date: 1677 transitive verb 1. to thicken and shorten (as a heated bar of iron) by hammering on the end ; swage 2. to force out of the usual ...
upset price
noun Date: 1814 the minimum price set for property offered at auction or public sale
upset the apple cart
phrasal to disturb or overturn a natural or stable order
noun see upset I
intransitive verb Date: 1952 to shift an automotive vehicle into a higher gear • upshift noun
noun Date: 1594 the final result ; outcome
I. noun Etymology: 2up + 1side Date: 1927 1. an upward trend (as of prices) 2. a. a positive aspect b. promise, potential II. preposition Etymology: perhaps from ...
upside down
adverb Etymology: alteration of Middle English up so doun, from up + so + doun down Date: 15th century 1. in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in ...
adjective see upside down
upside-down cake
noun Date: 1925 a cake baked with its batter covering an arrangement of fruit (as pineapple) and served with the fruit side up
noun Etymology: Middle Greek y psilon, literally, simple y; from the desire to distinguish it from oi, which was pronounced the same in later Greek Date: 1621 1. the 20th ...
adjective or adverb Date: 1941 being or moving to or toward the top of a slope ; uphill
intransitive verb (upsprang or upsprung; -sprung; upspringing) Date: before 12th century 1. to spring up 2. to come into being
I. adverb Date: 1870 1. toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage 2. away from a motion-picture or television camera II. adjective Date: 1918 1. [upstage (III)] ...
I. adverb Date: 1584 1. up the stairs ; on or to a higher floor 2. to or at a high altitude or higher position 3. in the head ; intellectually II. adjective Date: ...
adjective Date: before 12th century 1. erect, upright 2. marked by integrity • upstandingness noun
noun see upstanding
I. intransitive verb Date: 14th century to jump up (as to one's feet) suddenly II. noun Date: 1555 1. one that has risen suddenly (as from a low position to wealth or ...
noun Date: 1901 the chiefly northerly sections of a state; also the chiefly rural part of a state when the major metropolitan area is in the south • upstate adverb or ...
noun see upstate
adverb or adjective Date: 1681 1. in the direction opposite to the flow of a stream 2. in or to a position within the production stream closer to manufacturing processes
noun Date: 1828 a stroke (as of a pen) made in an upward direction
noun Date: 1917 a rapid or sudden rise
I. intransitive verb (upswept; -sweeping) Date: 1791 to sweep upward II. noun Date: circa 1891 1. an upward sweep 2. an upswept hairdo
adjective Date: 1938 swept upward; especially brushed up to the top of the head
noun Date: 1922 1. an upward swing 2. a marked increase or improvement — often used in the phrase on the upswing
noun Etymology: Scots uptake to understand Date: 1816 1. understanding, comprehension 2. a flue leading upward 3. an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating ...
I. transitive verb (upthrew; upthrown; -throwing) Date: 14th century to throw or thrust upward II. noun Date: 1807 an upward displacement (as of a rock stratum) ; ...
I. Date: 1845 transitive verb to thrust up; especially to elevate (a part of the earth's surface) in an upthrust intransitive verb to rise with an upward thrust II. ...
noun Etymology: 2up + 3tick Date: 1955 increase, rise
adjective Date: 1934 1. a. being tense, nervous, or uneasy b. angry, indignant c. rigidly conventional 2. being in financial difficulties • uptightness noun
noun see uptight
transitive verb Date: 1841 to tilt upward
noun Date: 1958 time during which a piece of equipment (as a computer) is functioning or able to function
I. adjective Date: 1796 1. of or relating to uptown 2. upscale, fashionable • uptown adverb II. noun Date: 1844 the upper part of a town or city; especially the ...
noun Date: 1926 an upturn especially in business or economic activity
I. Date: 1567 transitive verb 1. to turn up or over 2. to direct upward intransitive verb to turn upward II. noun Date: 1864 an upward turn especially toward ...
I. adverb or upwards Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a direction from lower to higher b. (1) toward the source (as of a river) (2) toward the interior (as ...
upward mobility
noun Date: 1949 the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic position • upwardly mobile adjective
upward of
adverb see upwards of
adverb see upward II
upwardly mobile
adjective see upward mobility
noun see upward II
adverb see upward I
upwards of
also upward of adverb Date: 1683 more than ; in excess of
intransitive verb Date: 1885 to well up; specifically to move or flow upward
noun Date: 1868 the process or an instance of rising or appearing to rise to the surface and flowing outward; especially the process of upward movement to the ocean surface ...
adverb or adjective Date: 1838 in the direction from which the wind is blowing
geographical name city of ancient Sumer; site in S Iraq NW of Basra
I. combining form or uro- Etymology: New Latin, from Greek our-, ouro-, from ouron urine, from ourein to urinate — more at urine 1. urine 2. urinary tract 3. ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary 1ur- + acetic + -il (substance relating to) Date: 1890 a pyrimidine base C4H4N2O2 that is one of the four bases coding ...
noun (plural uraei) Etymology: New Latin, from Late Greek ouraios, a kind of snake Date: 1832 a representation of the sacred asp (Naja haje) appearing in ancient Egyptian art ...
geographical name river over 1500 miles (2414 kilometers) Russia & Kazakhstan rising at S end of Ural Mountains & flowing S into the Caspian
Ural Mountains
geographical name mountain system Russia & Kazakhstan extending from Kara Sea to steppes N of Aral Sea; usually considered the dividing line between Asia & Europe; highest peak ...
noun Date: 1853 a postulated language family comprising the Uralic and Altaic languages • Ural-Altaic adjective
adjective Date: 1801 1. of or relating to the Ural mountains 2. Uralic
I. noun Date: 1861 a language family comprising the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed languages II. adjective Date: 1880 of, relating to, or constituting the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed ...
geographical name — see oral
noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Ourania the Greek Muse of astronomy
adjective Date: 1844 of or relating to the planet Uranus
noun Etymology: German Uranin uraninite (from New Latin uranium) + English -ite Date: 1879 a a black octahedral mineral that consists of an oxide of uranium which usually ...
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: New Latin, from Uranus Date: circa 1797 a silvery heavy radioactive polyvalent metallic element that is found especially in ...
uranium 235
noun Date: 1940 a light isotope of uranium of mass number 235 that constitutes less than one percent of natural uranium, that when bombarded with slow neutrons undergoes ...
uranium 238
noun Date: 1942 an isotope of uranium of mass number 238 that is the most stable uranium isotope, that constitutes over 99 percent of natural uranium, that is not fissile ...
uranium hexafluoride
noun Date: 1899 a volatile compound UF6 of uranium and fluorine that is used in one major process of enriching uranium in uranium 235
noun Etymology: Greek ouranographia description of the heavens, from ouranos sky + -graphia -graphy Date: 1675 the construction of celestial representations (as maps)
noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek Ouranos Date: 1655 1. the sky personified as a god and father of the Titans in Greek mythology 2. the planet seventh in order from ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin uranium + International Scientific Vocabulary -yl Date: 1850 a divalent radical UO2
geographical name river about 300 miles (483 kilometers) N Brazil, a headstream of the Rio Branco
noun Etymology: French, from urique uric, from English uric Date: 1800 a salt of uric acid • uratic adjective
adjective see urate
geographical name city Japan in Honshu N of Tokyo population 434,976
adjective Etymology: Latin urbanus, from urbs city Date: 1619 of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city
biographical name name of 8 popes: especially II ( Odo of Lagery) circa 1035-1099 (pope 1088-99)
urban legend
noun Date: 1968 an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true — called also urban myth
urban myth
noun see urban legend
urban renewal
noun Date: 1954 a construction program to replace or restore substandard buildings in an urban area
urban sprawl
noun Date: 1956 the spreading of urban developments (as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city

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