Definitions

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

  • adj. Located above the orbit of the eye: the supraorbital ridge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Located immediately above the eye sockets, where in humans the eyebrows are located.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated above the orbit of the eye.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated over or upon the orbit of the eye; roofing over the eye-socket; superciliary.
  • n. A supra-orbital artery or nerve.

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

  • adj. located or occurring above the eye socket

Etymologies

supra- +‎ orbital (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The bump, for example," says Bartsiokas, "is part of the opening in the skull's frontal bone called the supraorbital notch, through which a bundle of nerves and blood vessels pass."

    Not Philip II of Macedon

  • For some curious reason the nerves most frequently involved are those which are most readily accessible for this kind of treatment, namely, the long nerve-threads which run from the inner third of the eyebrow up the forehead and over the crown of the head (the so-called supraorbital or frontal branches).

    Preventable Diseases

  • A slight crinkle to the nose to pass for Bajoran; pointed ears, peaked eyebrows, and a green tint to the skin for Vulcan, as well as a bit of supraorbital ridge to suggest Romulan when needed; and maybe even the recessed basin in the forehead to make him appear like a Cardassian spoon-head.

    NEXT "TREK": AN EXPANDED PROPOSAL

  • The skull conforms mainly to the northern European type -- blunt orbital margins, flat supraorbital ridges, depressed glabella.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • There was a small hole where the occipital and parietal bones met at the back of his head but no corresponding exit wound in the frontal bone, although a small fragment appeared to have been dislodged from the supraorbital foramen, the ridge of bone above the right eye, by the emerging bullet.

    The Killing Kind

  • The roll of muscle above Ng's massive supraorbital ridge lowered in concentration.

    The Girls He Adored

  • Right eyesocket (internal view): the left arrow shows the bony protuberance of the supraorbital notch, and the right arrow shows the frontal notch.

    Not Philip II of Macedon

  • Right eyesocket (frontal view): the left arrow shows the bony protuberance of the supraorbital notch, and the right arrow shows the frontal notch.

    Not Philip II of Macedon

  • Crushing blows to the frontal, parietal, sphenoid and supraorbital.

    The Black Ice

  • Then he drew a red line from the junction of the baby's supraorbital ridges to the tip of his smallish nose.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

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