Upper case

Upper case
Upper Up"per, a.; comp. of {Up}. Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature. [1913 Webster]

{The upper hand}, the superiority; the advantage. See {To have the upper hand}, under {Hand}. --Jowett (Thucyd.).

{Upper Bench} (Eng. Hist.), the name of the highest court of common law (formerly King's Bench) during the Commonwealth.

{Upper case}, the top one of a pair of compositor's cases. See the Note under 1st {Case}, n., 3.

{Upper covert} (Zo["o]l.), one of the coverts situated above the bases of the tail quills.

{Upper deck} (Naut.), the topmost deck of any vessel; the spar deck.

{Upper leather}, the leather for the vamps and quarters of shoes.

{Upper strake} (Naut.), the strake next to the deck, usually of hard wood, and heavier than the other strakes.

{Upper ten thousand}, or (abbreviated) {Upper ten}, the ten thousand, more or less, who are highest in position or wealth; the upper class; the aristocracy. [Colloq.]

{Upper topsail} (Naut.), the upper half of a double topsail.

{Upper works} (Naut.), all those parts of the hull of a vessel that are properly above water.

{Upper world}. (a) The atmosphere. (b) Heaven. (c) This world; the earth; -- in distinction from the {underworld}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • upper case — Case Case (k[=a]s), n. [OF. casse, F. caisse (cf. It. cassa), fr. L. capsa chest, box, case, fr. capere to take, hold. See {Capacious}, and cf. 4th {Chase}, {Cash}, {Enchase}, 3d {Sash}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A box, sheath, or covering; as, a case… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upper case — adjective upper case letters of the alphabet are CAPITAL LETTERS, for example A, F, and T ╾ ,upper case noun uncount ─ opposite LOWER CASE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Upper CASE — Upper CASE,   CASE …   Universal-Lexikon

  • upper case — n [U] technical letters written in capitals (A, B, C) rather than in small form (a, b, c) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • upper case — ► NOUN ▪ capital letters …   English terms dictionary

  • upper case — ADJ: usu ADJ n Upper case letters are capital letters. Most schools teach children lower case letters first, and upper case letters later. Ant: lower case N UNCOUNT Upper case is also a noun. I m wondering if per capita ought to have upper case,… …   English dictionary

  • upper-case — /ˈʌpə keɪs / (say upuh kays) adjective 1. (of a letter) capital (opposed to small). 2. Printing relating to or belonging in the upper case. See case2 (def. 10). –verb (t) (upper cased, upper casing) 3. to print or write with an upper case letter… …  

  • upper case — Прописные буквы (Capital, Upper case, Uc)     Буквы, отличающиеся от строчных [буква по размеру меньше заглавной, иногда отличаются по рисунку] высотой, а иногда и формой. С прописных букв начинают первое слово в предложении, имена собственные и… …   Шрифтовая терминология

  • upper case — UK / US adjective [uncountable] upper case letters of the alphabet are capital letters, for example A , F , and T • See: lower case Derived word: upper case UK / US noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • ˌupper ˈcase — adj upper case letters of the alphabet are CAPITAL LETTERS, for example ‘A , ‘F , and ‘T ˌupper ˈcase noun [U] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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