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. The upper hand, the superiority; the advantage. See To have the upper hand, under Hand. Upper Bench, all those parts of the hull of a vessel that are properly above water. Upper world. The atmosphere. Heaven. This world; the earth; in distinction from the underworld.

(01 Mar 1998)