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

  • n. The state or quality of being predominant; preponderance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the condition or state of being predominant; ascendancy, domination, preeminence or preponderance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being predominant; superiority; ascendency; prevalence; predomination.
  • n. The superior influence of a planet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being predominant; prevalence over others; superiority in power, authority, or influence; domination; preponderance.
  • n. In astrology, the superior influence of a planet; ascendancy.
  • n. Synonyms Preëminence, etc. (see priority), mastery.

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

  • n. the quality of being more noticeable than anything else
  • n. the state of being predominant over others


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