from The Century Dictionary.

  • Overcome; conquered; surpassed.
  • In heraldry, having another bearing of the same kind placed upon it: as, a chief surmounted by another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Arch.) Having its vertical height greater than the half span; -- said of an arch.
  • adjective (Her.) Partly covered by another charge; -- said of an ordinary or other bearing.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of surmount.

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

  • adjective having something on top


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  • It was the tomb of a noble lady, her name surmounted by the carving of a grinning skull-very like the one beneath the Dutchwoman's apron.

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  • For every old Egyptian king had a long list of names and titles, and among them a name surmounted by the picture of a hawk

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  • Maat, the chisel-like sign of the _maat_ being written on the convex side of the sickle, and the door-frame of the name surmounted by a hawk.

    El Kab

  • At seven that evening she made a similar formal entrance into the capital of Würtemberg, passing under an arch of triumph bearing her name surmounted by an Imperial crown.

    The Court of the Empress Josephine

  • Next above were galleries for the equestrian order, the great mass of those who considered themselves as of gentle station, though not of the highest rank; farther up, and therefore farther back, were the galleries belonging to the freemen of Rome; and these were again surmounted by another plain wall with a platform on the top, where were places for the ladies, who were not (except the vestal virgins) allowed to look on nearer, because of the unclothed state of some of the performers in the arena.

    A Book of Golden Deeds

  • The light was shining on a pile of gold coins surmounted by three tooled bracelets.

    Father Swarat

  • It explains succinctly why it is going to take more than a blue version of the province's name surmounted by three deely boppers to undo the negative branding the Premier has already given the province.

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  • The light was shining on a pile of gold coins surmounted by three tooled bracelets.

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  • It is true the unhealthiness of the climate was a great bar to his progress, and proved fatal to many of these first settlers; but to such as surmounted this obstacle, every year brought new profits, and opened more advantageous prospects.

    An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Colonies of South Carolina and Georgia, Volume 2

  • Tolstoy seems to know not only about her feelings of excitement, but also about the arrangement of her tulle dress over her pink slip and elaborate coiffure "surmounted by a rose and two small leaves".

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