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uppermost

[uhp-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈʌp ərˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
adjective, Also, upmost
1.
highest in place, order, rank, power, etc.:
the uppermost peaks of the mountain; the uppermost class of society.
2.
topmost; predominant:
a subject of uppermost concern.
adverb
3.
in or into the uppermost place, rank, or predominance:
The blossoms grow uppermost on the stems of these flowers; the thoughts that came uppermost to her mind.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; upper1 + -most
Can be confused
upmost, uppermost, utmost.
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  • Cuplike crowns above the canopy collect rainwater to keep the uppermost limbs hydrated.
  • Granulation, or bubbling, of the stellar surface can reveal how heat is being transported through the uppermost layers of gas.
  • The active layer of permafrost, the uppermost ground layer, thaws in the summer and freezes in the winter.
  • When meat is about half done, turn it over and dredge with flour, that skin side may be uppermost for final browning.
  • Methane in the uppermost atmosphere absorbs light, making the planet appear blue.
  • Likewise, the uppermost points mark sunrise and sunset on the summer solstice.
  • The highest or uppermost point, part, or surface of something.
  • In addition, one of the units houses residential space on its uppermost floors, which is devoted to rental apartments.
  • Water conservation is probably not uppermost in your mind as you empty your bladder.
  • Global warming, a long-range phenomenon, may not be uppermost in people's minds during an economic downturn.
British Dictionary definitions for uppermost

uppermost

/ˈʌpəˌməʊst/
adjective
1.
highest in position, power, importance, etc
adverb
2.
in or into the highest position, etc
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Word Origin and History for uppermost

late 15c., from upper + -most.

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