Definitions for: Superior


[n] a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
[n] a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
[n] the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
[n] the head of a religious community
[n] one of greater rank or station or quality
[n] a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
[adj] (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by; "overcome by a superior opponent"; "trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
[adj] having a higher rank; "superior officer"
[adj] of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior officer"
[adj] of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
[adj] (astronomy) having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
[adj] (printing) written or printed above and to one side of another character



Webster (1913) Definition: Su*pe"ri*or, a. [L., compar. of superus being above,
fr. super above, over: cf. F. sup['e]rieur. See Super-, and
cf. Supreme.]
1. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the
superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.

2. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a
superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.

3. Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the
greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or
degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior
bravery.

4. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be
subdued or affected by; -- with to.

There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a
great man superior to his sufferings. --Spectator.

5. More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a
genus is superior to a species.

6. (Bot.)
(a) Above the ovary; -- said of parts of the flower which,
although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and
so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an
ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below
it in position, and free from it.
(b) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is
toward the main stem; posterior.
(c) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; --
said of the radicle.

Superior conjunction, Superior planets, etc. See
Conjunction, Planet, etc.

Superior figure, Superior letter (Print.), a figure or
letter printed above the line, as a reference to a note or
an index of a power, etc; as, in x^2 + y^n, 2 is a
superior figure, n a superior letter. Cf. {Inferior
figure}, under Inferior.


Su*pe"ri*or, n.
1. One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station,
office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what
is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of
pure English.

2. (Eccl.) The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the
like.

Synonyms: ace, A-one, arch, banner, blue-ribbon(a), boss, brag, brilliant, capital, champion, choice, commanding, condescending, crack, dominant, eminent, excellent, fantabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, gilt-edged, good, greatest, high, higher-ranking, higher-up, high-level, high-performance, high-ranking, Lake Superior, leading(a), majestic, master, master(a), olympian, outstanding, patronising, patronizing, preeminent, premium, prime(a), prize, pucka, pukka, quality, ranking, ranking(a), select, senior, shining, spiffing, sterling(a), super, superb, superlative, superordinate, superordinate, superscript, superscript, supreme, surpassing, tiptop, top-flight, top-hole, top-level, topnotch, topping, top-ranking, tops(p), transcendent, upper, upper-level, victor, well-made

Antonyms: adscript, inferior, inferior, inferior, subscript, subscript

See Also: abbess, abbot, archimandrite, Badger State, battler, belligerent, best, better, character, combatant, conqueror, fighter, god, grapheme, graphic symbol, Great Lakes, lake, leader, mother superior, prior, prioress, religious, scrapper, supervisor, town, vanquisher, WI, Wisconsin

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