American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Over; above; beyond: hypercharge.
- Excessive; excessively: hypercritical.
- Existing in more than three dimensions: hyperspace.
- Linked or arranged nonsequentially: hypertext.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hypercritic.
- To move about actively; bustle.
- A prefix of Greek origin, meaning ‘over,’ and usually implying transcendence or excess. It is freely used as an English formative, often with only secondary reference to the Greek. Specifically — In chem., the same as
super-, indicating the highest of a series of compounds: thus, hyperchloric acid signifies the highest of the series of chlorin acids, containing more oxygen than chloric acid. The prefix per- is now generally used for hyper-, as perchloric, permanganic, etc.
- In mod. math., chiefly denoting extension, generalization, or complication, as in hypers pace, hyper geometrical.
- over, above or beyond
- existing in more than three spatial dimensions
- linked non-sequentially
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix signifying
over, above; ; also, above measure, abnormally great, excessive.
- (Chem.) A prefix equivalent to
super-or per-; as hyperoxide, or peroxide. [Obs.] See Per-.
- From Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, "over"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek huper-, from huper, over, beyond; see uper in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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