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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Up*set"
  1. To set up; to put upright.(Obs)"With sail on mast upset." [R. of Brunne.]
    1. To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
    2. To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
  2. To overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument. "Determined somehow to upsetthe situation." [Mrs. Humphry Ward.]
  3. To disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her.(Colloq)
  4. [Basketwork] To turn upwards the outer ends of (stakes) so as to make a foundation for the side of a basket or the like; also, to form (the side) in this manner.
verb Up*set"
To become upset.
adjective Up"set`
Set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold.
noun Up"set`
The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset .
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  1. An improbable and unexpected victory ("the biggest upset since David beat Goliath")
  2. The act of upsetting something ("he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed")
  3. The act of disturbing the mind or body ("his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset")
  4. A tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
  5. A physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning ("everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time")
  6. An unhappy and worried mental state ("she didn't realize the upset she caused me")
  7. Disturb the balance or stability of ("The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries")
  8. Defeat suddenly and unexpectedly ("The foreign team upset the local team")
  9. Form metals with a swage
  10. Move deeply ("This book upset me")
  11. Cause to lose one's composure
  12. Cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
  13. Used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win ("the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers")
  14. Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion ("with everything so upset")
  15. Afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief ("too upset to say anything")
  16. Having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom ("the upset pitcher of milk")
  17. Mildly physically distressed ("an upset stomach")

From Middle English, corresponding to up +‎ set.

  1. (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
    My late arrival caused the professor considerable .
  2. (countable, sports, politics) An unexpected victory of a competitor or candidate that was not favored to win.
  3. (automobile insurance) An overturn.
    "collision and ": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
  4. An upset stomach.
  5. (mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,≤) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x≤y, then y is in U.

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Past life for Upset born Jun 27, 2018

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Australia approximately on 1200. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.