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Upwards of


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Upwards of more than; above.
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  • George Orwell
    “Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.”
  • Plato
    “It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.”
  • Andre Gide
    “Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.”


In literature:

Above them in a moment the tramp of feet sounded close above their heads as the crowd rushed upward.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
It was a hundred feet long by fifty broad, and was seated throughout to accommodate upwards of two thousand persons.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
There are upwards of 2,500 Violins which bear his name.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Eighty of the rank and file were killed, and upwards of a hundred wounded.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
The great barrel-cylinder of the microscope slanted sixty feet upward.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
The annual yield of honey is estimated to be upward of three million pounds.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Nanny Gilbert, a wretched old creature of upwards of seventy years of age, was found in bed with her leg broken.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
I proceeded upwards, and from a point near another bridge (which of them I did not note) had a fine view of a portion of the gorge.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
About midway we passed the lofty dome of Mealfourvournie, rising in solitary grandeur to the height of upwards of four thousand feet.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is the result of the level rock strata of the plains suddenly bending upward and protruding out of the earth.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Upward of twenty thousand of the enemy were slain on the field of battle, and a much greater number were made prisoners.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
He was staring upward at the bare, wooden bottom-side of a bunk.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
And each of us striving always upward toward the goal of Eternal Happiness.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
BOOK of FAMILY CRESTS, &c.; with upwards of 4,000 Engravings, illustrative of the Crests of nearly every Family.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
Of the fur, upwards of thirty pounds' weight were gathered from the wet sand-bank.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
They obeyed his wish, shooting upward, and sending streams of sparks far above.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For upwards of an hour we tramped on in this fashion, and in that time scarcely covered a distance of four miles.
"Pharos, The Egyptian" by Guy Newell Boothby
Here, Ferrati abruptly raised the nose of the plane and they shot upward, popping out of the shadow into the sunlight.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
In March 1769 the expedition arrived at St Malo, with the loss of only seven out of upwards of 200 men.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Looking upwards nothing was visible but outlines of the rare old houses.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood

In poetry:

Your hearts are lifted up, your hearts
That have foreknown the utter price.
Your hearts burn upward like a flame
Of splendour and of sacrifice.
"To Women" by Robert Laurence Binyon
Then poems two, at each upward flight,
In glorious measure fill;
Be the Poem in words, one of beauty and might,
But the Life one, loftier still.
"The Poet's Lesson" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Dectora. No, not there,
But in some island where the life of the world
Leaps upward, as if all the streams o' the world
Had run into one fountain.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
Dectora. No, not there,
But in some island where the life of the world
Leaps upward, as if all the streams o’ the world
Had run into one fountain.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
For with a lark's heart he doth tower,
By a glorious upward instinct drawn;
No bee nestles deeper in the flower
Than he in the bursting rose of dawn.
"The Falcon" by James Russell Lowell
Yet at times, like a flash of sunlight
From the inmost depths of the heart,
The old, sweet yearnings spring upward
That for want of words must depart.
"Early Poet Life" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

When the economy finally does gain some genuine upward momentum, I think a lot of people will find that they're in a position to take greater control over their lives.
Remember when Kevin Costner's "Waterworld" came out in 1995 and people were shocked that a movie could cost upwards of $200 million.
Current estimates say the new social network has upwards of 4 million users — and it's only expected to get bigger.
When most of his guards go for around $80 and replacement radiators cost upwards of $600, that argument certainly holds water.
Fox SciFier upwards of $40 mil.
Engage a switch near the tip of the 8.0 and the front of the ski bends upward, creating rocker.
Some margaritas, for example, can pack upward of 1,000 calories.
Upwards of 15 prominent Republicans are privately contemplating 2016 campaigns for the presidency -- and the most serious and ambitious of the bunch are already plunging in, some quite publicly.
We all know that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is very rich and has used his considerable resources in the service of his political career by spending upwards of $150 million on his two successful elections.
Because of that, historians had to get creative to restock the Levi 's archives, including spending upwards of $46,000 on eBay for a pair of Levi 's.
Winds are slowing the progression upward of the new WEAU transmission tower in Fairchild.
Maintaining confidentiality of candidates for the chancellor's position at UNC-Chapel Hill is insulting to the taxpayers who'll be paying a salary something upwards of $400,000.
Preliminary numbers released today by the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development show that employment in New Jersey shifted lower in July and the unemployment rate edged upward.
Raw-milk proponents will pay upwards of $10 a gallon, because they believe it is safe and healthier.
This increase is necessary due to the continued upward movement of global raw material costs.

In science:

Image of the Si (220) perfect crystal for diffraction of the gamma–ray beam at symmetrical angles (left and right; upward and downward) with respect to the beam axis.
New results on focusing of gamma-rays with Laue lenses
Count the number of upward and the number of downward pointing arcs. • The number ni is then given by the absolute value of the difference of upward and downward pointing arcs.
Conjugation in Brauer algebras and applications to character theory
Thus the cycle type of {U LT Z } is just (| − 1 + z |) where z is the difference between upward and downward pointing arrows in Z .
Conjugation in Brauer algebras and applications to character theory
Thus the first correction to the Curie-Weiss behavior is an upward curvature whose amplitude depends on the tunnel splitting and on the average strength of the random field.
Pure and Random-Field Quantum Criticality in the Dipolar Ising Model: Theory of $Mn_{12}$ acetates
We find that at temperatures well above any ordering temperatures the leading effect of the random field is an upward deviation of the inverse susceptibility, ∼ 1/T, from the Curie Weiss behavior.
Pure and Random-Field Quantum Criticality in the Dipolar Ising Model: Theory of $Mn_{12}$ acetates
Second, with H2O comprising upward of 50% of GJ 1214b’s current mass in this scenario, a cumulative water loss on the order of 0.1 M⊕ will not have significantly changed the overall character of the planet.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
Let ui be the number of upward spins in Bi .
A universal form of slow dynamics in zero-temperature random-field Ising model
By stretching all the local maxima in the upper half of an admissible link upwards one can decompose it as a trivial crossingless matching and a braid.
An invariant of link cobordisms from symplectic Khovanov homology
On the other hand, for the walk transient to the right, since we are considering the (L-1) RWRE, every record of the walk reaching or crossing i downward from above i, an individual of U n i, corresponds to a jump taken by the walk upward from i to i + 1.
Branching structure for an (L-1) random walk in random environment and its applications
Furthermore, there exists a countable subset {an, n ∈ N } ({bn, n ∈ N }) of H such that ∨H = ∨n>1 an (resp. ∧H = ∧n>1 bn ), and {an, n ∈ N } (resp. {bn, n ∈ N }) can be chosen as nondecreasing (resp.,nonincreasing) if H is directed upwards (downwards).
Recent progress in random metric theory and its applications to conditional risk measures
Now consider the following initial configuration: each vertex in the leftmost subtree of the root is pointing upwards, each vertex in the other subtrees downwards and the root vertex is pointing to the rightmost subtree.
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
By choice of the rotor sequence, only at the (d + 1)-th visit to ui+1 its rotor can point upwards to ui .
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
Because the increments have positive mean, by the strong law of large numbers the random walk will in the long run drift upwards to infinity.
The associated random walk and martingales in random walks with stationary increments
Marconi et al.’s (2008) radiation pressure term will result in an upward revision to the masses of high-accretion AGNs.
An expanded M_bh-sigma diagram, and a new calibration of active galactic nuclei masses
Thus the inner flux system of the quadrupole field is pushed upwards towards the null by the emergence, as shown in Figures 10(a) and (b).
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation