Definitions

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

  • On; upon: epiphyte.
  • Over; above: epicenter.
  • Around: epicarp.
  • Close to; near: epicalyx.
  • Besides: epiphenomenon.
  • After: epilogue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • above, over, on, in addition to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix, meaning upon, beside, among, on the outside, above, over. It becomes ep-before a vowel, as in epoch, and eph-before a Greek aspirate, as in ephemeral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light slender finial of metal or terracotta, ornamenting the extremities or intersections of roof-ridges or forming the termination of a pointed roof or spire.
  • n. A prefix (before a vowel ep-, before the rough breathing eph-) of Greek origin, signifying primarily ‘upon, on,’ and variously implying position on, motion to or toward, addition to (a second or subordinate form). See the etymology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a self-report personality inventory based on Hans Eysenck's factor analysis of personality which assumes three basic factors (the two most important being extraversion to introversion and neuroticism)

Etymologies

Greek, from epi, upon; see epi in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐπί (epi, "on top of"). (Wiktionary)

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  • (prefix): upon, beside, among, above, over, on the outside of.

    ep- when preceeding a vowel (epoch)
    eph- when preceeding a Greek aspirate (ephemeral)

    December 31, 2008