American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Above; over; upon: superimpose.
- Superior in size, quality, number, or degree: superfine.
- Exceeding a norm: supersaturate.
- Excessive in degree or intensity: supersubtle.
- Containing a specified ingredient in an unusually high proportion: superphosphate.
- More inclusive than a specified category: superorder.
- above, over, or upon
- superior in size, quality, number, degree, status, title, or position
- physics Forms terms relating to supersymmetry
- fiction Related to superheroes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix signifying
above, over, beyond, and hence often denoting in a superior position, in excess, over and above, in addition, exceedingly; as in superimpose, supersede, supernatural, superabundance.
- (Chem.) A prefix formerly much used to denote that the ingredient to the name of which it was prefixed was present in a
large, or unusually large, proportion as compared with the other ingredients; as in calcium superphosphate. It has been superseded by per-, bi-, di-, acid, etc. (as peroxide, bicarbonate, disulphide, and acidsulphate), which retain the old meanings of super-, but with sharper definition. Cf. Acid, a., Bi-, Di-, and Per-.
- From the Latin super (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from super, over, above; see uper in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If we were back to a super- majority vote, it's quite possible that the Republicans would have extracted an even more serious amount of cuts or would have extracted pension reform or regulatory relief," said Bruce Cain , a political-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley.”
“My super- talented mother made a Cinderella pumpkin coach as a cake for my seventh birthday.”
“In the flier for the show, Carol Willis, the museum's curator and director, writes that "to distinguish the rarified air of the super- from the merely very tall, the Museum has made the benchmark 380 meters/1,250 feet—the height of the Empire State Building—rather than the more frequently used measure of 300 meters.”
“The better question is whether extending a zero cap gains rate to higher-income but not super- high-income households would encourage more investment in the short run.”
“Here's the thing I've noticed when I've played with senior, and super- senior, golfers who have maintained their games.”
“Known as a super-PAC, such a group isn't limited by campaign finance laws and donation limits, though federal law prohibits coordination between super- PACs and candidates.”
“The president also will call for long-term cuts beyond the $1.5 trillion that Congress charged a 12-member bipartisan "super- committee" of legislators to trim, the official said.”
“On the other hand, most of us don’t want constant offerings of super-“healthy” or vegan desserts.”
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