American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Higher than another in rank, station, or authority: a superior officer.
- adj. Of a higher nature or kind.
- adj. Of great value or excellence; extraordinary.
- adj. Greater in number or amount than another: an army defeated by superior numbers of enemy troops.
- adj. Affecting an attitude of disdain or conceit; haughty and supercilious.
- adj. Above being affected or influenced; indifferent or immune: "Trust magnates were superior to law” ( Gustavus Myers).
- adj. Located higher than another; upper.
- adj. Botany Inserted or situated above the perianth. Used of an ovary.
- adj. Printing Set above the main line of type.
- adj. Logic Of wider or more comprehensive application; generic. Used of a term or proposition.
- n. One that surpasses another in rank or quality.
- n. Ecclesiastical The head of a religious community, such as a monastery, abbey, or convent.
- n. Printing A superior character, as the number 2 in x2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- More elevated in place; higher; upper: as, the superior limb of the sun: opposed to inferior.
- In anatomy and zoology, upper in relative position or direction; uppermost with regard to something else: correlated with anterior, inferior, and posterior. The epithet was originally used in anatomical language to note the parts relatively so situated in man, and has caused much confusion in its extension to other animals, since that which is superior in man becomes anterior in must animals, and so on with the three correlated words. The tendency is now to replace these epithets with others not affected by the posture of the animal, as cephalic, caudal, dorsal, and ventral, with the corresponding adverbs ending in -ad.
- In botany: Placed higher, as noting the relative position of the calyx and ovary: thus, the ovary is superior when the calyx is quite free from it, as normally; the calyx is superior when from being adnate to the ovary it appears to spring from its top.
- Next the axis; belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem. Also called posterior.
- Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending: said of the radicle.
- Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity: as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
- Higher or greater in respect to some quality or property; possessed or manifested in a higher (or, absolutely, very high) degree: applied to persons and things, and to their qualities and properties; surpassing others in the greatness, goodness, extent, or value of any quality; in mathematics, greater.
- Being beyond the power or influence of something; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by something; above: used only predicatively or appositively: with to: as, a man superior to revenge. Sometimes used sarcastically, as of an assumed quality, without to: as, he smiled with a superior air.
- In logic, less in comprehension; loss determinate; having less depth, and consequently commonly wider.
- Synonyms Paramount, surpassing, predominant.
- n. One who is superior to or above another; one who is higher or greater than another, as in social station, rank, office, dignity, power, or ability.
- n. Specifically The chief of a monastery, convent, or abbey.
- n. In Scots law, one who or whoso predecessor has made an original grant of heritable property on condition that the grantee, termed the vassal, shall annually pay to him a certain sum (commonly called feu-duty) or perform certain services.
- n. In printing, a small figure or letter standing above or near the top of the line, used as a mark of reference or for other purposes: thus, x, a; so back, back, and other homonyms as distinguished in this dictionary.
- adj. Higher in quality.
- adj. Higher in rank.
- adj. Located above.
- adj. Being greater or better than average; extraordinary.
- n. A person of higher rank or quality.
- n. The senior person in a monastic community.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper.
- adj. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity.
- adj. Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or degree.
- adj. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; -- with
- adj. More comprehensive; as a term in classification.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
- adj. Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; -- said of the radicle.
- n. One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable.
- n. (Eccl.) The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.
- n. a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
- adj. of or characteristic of high rank or importance
- adj. of high or superior quality or performance
- adj. having a higher rank
- adj. written or printed above and to one side of another character
- adj. (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by
- n. the head of a religious community
- n. a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
- n. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
- adj. having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit
- n. the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
- n. one of greater rank or station or quality
- adj. (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by
- From Latin superior ("higher, being more above"), from superus ("being above"), from super ("above, over"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, comparative of superus, upper, from super, over. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Fed up with what he described as his superior's fondness for golf, he began training a paramilitary force for the opposition Red Shirts that the army branded as "terrorists" and opened a direct line of communication to ousted populist leader Thaksin Shinawatra, whom the army removed in a coup four years ago.”
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“If their superior is a woman, a significant number tend to try to end-run or sabotage the female boss.”
“After all, the failure of a military man or woman to carry out a lawful order given to them by a superior is a federal crime punishible by fine, imprisonment or even death.”
“It encouraged the adherents of this house to attribute to it an almost regal dignity, and to intimate more and more plainly its claim upon the throne of France, as descended through the Dukes of Lorraine from Charlemagne -- a title superior to that of the Valois, who could trace their origin to no higher source than the usurper Hugh Capet.”
“Perhaps it was because he wished it to be known that he considered himself the equal of any Tartar ruler; perhaps because he desired to have a title superior to that of the nobles who descended from former grand dukes, and who inherited the rank without the power; at any rate Ivan IV was crowned as the first Czar.”
“He urged him and he took it -- In the East the acceptance by a superior is a proof of friendship, and by an enemy, of reconciliation.”
“The effect of the provision which has been quoted would, in my opinion, give to the purchaser at a tax sale a title superior to the lien of the Government for purchase money.”
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