Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Over; above; beyond: hypercharge.
  • Excessive; excessively: hypercritical.
  • Existing in more than three dimensions: hyperspace.
  • Linked or arranged nonsequentially: hypertext.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • over, above or beyond
  • excessive
  • existing in more than three spatial dimensions
  • linked non-sequentially

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix signifying over, above; ; also, above measure, abnormally great, excessive.
  • A prefix equivalent to super- or per-; as hyperoxide, or peroxide. [Obs.] See Per-.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move about actively; bustle.
  • A prefix of Greek origin, meaning ‘over,’ and usually implying transcendence or excess.
  • In mod. math., chiefly denoting extension, generalization, or complication, as in hypers pace, hyper geometrical.
  • n. A hypercritic.

Etymologies

Greek huper-, from huper, over, beyond; see uper in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, "over"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Through tortuous, hyper-"activist" reasoning, the Court held for the first time that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited money on behalf of individual candidates and causes.

    Stephen Levin: Corporate Personhood Undermines Democracy

  • The risks may also involve scarring such as hyper- or hypopigmentation or infection.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • The spokesperson said the Dollar is worthless and hyper- inflation is right around the corner.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Nicknamed "hyper- president" for his do-it-all approach, Sarkozy's popularity jumped the most in about 2 ½ years this month -- a six-point gain from a near-record low in October.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Iran may not intend ultimately to close the strait, but its threats to do so can still instigate tremendous economic uncertainty with very real consequences, especially in a hyper- connected world wired with complex speculative instruments.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Natalite Portman plays the hyper- competitive prima ballerina heroine in Darren Aronofsky's hyper-stylish reinvention of the werewolf movie as a female "were-swan" psychodrama.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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