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upstream

1. in or towards the higher part of a stream; against the current
2. (in the oil industry) of or for any of the stages prior to oil production, such as exploration or research
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upstream

[′əp¦strēm]
(chemical engineering)
That portion of a process stream that has not yet entered the system or unit under consideration; for example, upstream to a refinery or to a distillation column.
(hydrology)
Toward the source of a stream.
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upstream

(networking)
Fewer network hops away from a backbone or hub. For example, a small ISP that connects to the Internet through a larger ISP that has their own connection to the backbone is downstream from the larger ISP, and the larger ISP is upstream from the smaller ISP.
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upstream

From the consumer to the provider. See downstream and download vs. upload.
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