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

  • adj. Exceptional; exceeding: monuments of surpassing splendor.

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  • v. Present participle of surpass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eminently excellent; exceeding others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excelling in an eminent degree; greatly exceeding others; superior; extreme.

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

  • adj. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • adj. exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence


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  • That he can write lines surpassing -- aye! "she cried," _surpassing_ Polonius's advice to his son, and leave them uncopied on an ale-house table to go off with the first loose woman who comes by, and be carried home, too drunk to walk, the next morning, roaring out hymns about eternal salvation.

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  • He had not succeeded in surpassing a decent mediocrity.

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  • "Useful and ornamental needlework, knitting and netting are capable of being made, not only sources of personal gratification, but of high moral benefit, and the means of developing in surpassing loveliness and grace, some of the highest and noblest feelings of the soul."

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  • He scored on runs of 1, 2 and 33 yards in surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second time this season, and helped Mississippi State outrush Ole Miss 304-31. - Scores

  • Now we are all expected to cheer for Bill Gates, who in surpassing the Rockefellers and the Carnegies and defying the loathsome bureaucrats at the Justice Department, has proven himself to be the People's Monopolist.


  • He also went 10-of-13 from the line in surpassing 30 points for the ninth time this season.

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  • Why has she succeeded in surpassing the technological lead on which the West has relied too heavily?

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  • Today in Sports: Jack Nicklaus won the PGA tournament, his 14th major title surpassing Bobby Jones.

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  • The country through which this line was to pass is described as surpassing in its difficulties the conception of any European.


  • Every tree is appreciated as a study in itself and proclaims in no uncertain terms the surpassing grandeur of the species.

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