Definitions

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

  • Beyond; on the other side of: ultraviolet.
  • Beyond the range, scope, or limit of: ultrasonic.
  • Far beyond the normal or proper degree of: ultraconservative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Greater than normal quantity or importance
  • Beyond, on the far side of
  • Beyond, outside of
  • Excessively, to an extreme

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A prefix from the Latin ultra beyond (see ulterior), having in composition the signification beyond, on the other side, chiefly when joined with words expressing relations of place. In other relations it has the sense of excessively, exceedingly, beyond what is common, natural, right, or proper.

Etymologies

Latin ultrā-, from ultrā, beyond; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin ultra ("beyond") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yeah, I know that in the era of the ultra- cool heel who no one actually boos, doing something as heelish as showing fear might seem like the death knell to a career.

    The Hardcore Diaries

  • While "top producers," capable of working with the ultra- rich and hunting for new assets by targeting "mass affluent" clients, can still command good compensation, the environment is getting tougher, according to Maurice Zufferey, who heads the Swiss operations of recruiter Spencer Stuart in Zurich.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • LG, based in Seoul, plans to begin selling a 55-inch ultra- thin OLED television, and include its motion-sensing Magic Remote, which also adopts software from Nuance Communications, the world's largest supplier of voice recognition technology.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • So during previews Monday in advance of today's opening of the biggest consumer electronics trade show of the year, the major TV manufacturers signaled a new strategy to push a wider package of features that include super-slim 3-D monitors, ultra- high-definition screens, and TVs controlled by hand gestures or spoken commands.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • 'We use the word sexy a lot and have forgotten the ultra- feminine,' she mused, signalling something of a corporate turnaround.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Nary is the Trinidadian who has not at some point in her liming career ordered a Stag beer or Johnny Walker and coconut water there, then settled into an outdoor table to chat the night away inside by the bar, blaring soca tunes - the irrefutably catchy, ultra- fast-paced music of carnival - make chitchat a futile endeavor.

    NYT > Home Page

  • And with more than a dozen prospects and bids in the market, we believe we are well positioned to match our availability of ultra- deepwater drill ship and semis that are under construction with near and midterm market demand.

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