from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Land or an area of land of high elevation, especially when level.
  • noun Land in the interior of a country.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or located in an upland.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The region in the interior; inland districts; country as distinguished from the neighborhood of towns or populous districts.
  • noun The higher grounds of a district; ground elevated above meadows and valleys; slopes of hills, etc.
  • noun plural A grade of cotton. See cotton.
  • Of or pertaining to the inland districts, or the country, as distinguished from the neighborhood of towns.
  • Hence Rustic; countrified; rude; savage; uncivilized. Compare inland, 4.
  • Of or pertaining to uplands, or higher grounds: as, upland pasturage; also, frequenting uplands: as, the upland plover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun High land; ground elevated above the meadows and intervals which lie on the banks of rivers, near the sea, or between hills; land which is generally dry; -- opposed to lowland, meadow, marsh, swamp, interval, and the like.
  • noun obsolete The country, as distinguished from the neighborhood of towns.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to uplands; being on upland; high in situation.
  • adjective Obs.W2 Pertaining to the country, as distinguished from the neighborhood of towns; rustic; rude; unpolished.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) See Moccasin.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a large American sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) much valued as a game bird. Unlike most sandpipers, it frequents fields and uplands. Called also Bartramian sandpiper, Bartram's tattler, field plover, grass plover, highland plover, hillbird, humility, prairie plover, prairie pigeon, prairie snipe, papabote, quaily, and uplander.
  • adjective (Bot.) a North American shrub of the genus Rhus (Rhus glabra), used in tanning and dyeing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The area in the interior of a country with a generally higher elevation; often hilly, but not generally mountainous (compare highlands).
  • adjective Of, relating to, or situated in the uplands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
  • adjective used of high or hilly country


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