superfluity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n superfluity extreme excess "an embarrassment of riches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Superfluity A greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance; as, a superfluity of water; a superfluity of wealth. "A quiet mediocrity is still to be preferred before a troubled superfluity ."
    • Superfluity Something beyond what is needed; something which serves for show or luxury.
    • Superfluity The state or quality of being superfluous; excess. "By a superfluity abominable."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n superfluity A quantity that is superfluous or in excess; a greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance; redundancy.
    • n superfluity That which is in excess of what is wanted; especially, something used for show or luxury rather than for comfort or from necessity; something that could easily be dispensed with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Superfluity a superfluous quantity or more than enough: state of being superfluous: superabundance
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Quotations

  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.”
  • Michelangelo
    Michelangelo
    “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “It is the superfluous things for which men sweat.”
  • Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid Bergman
    “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The superfluous is very necessary.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. superfluité, L. superfluitas,. See Superfluous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. superfluussuper, above, fluĕre, to flow.

Usage

In literature:

After these any other accomplishment is indeed superfluous.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
His tone is uncivil; his remark, it must be confessed, superfluous.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Milton's are all substance and weight: fewer would not have served his turn, and more would have been superfluous.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The carriage entry was lighted up, not by intention, but from the mere superfluity of fire and candle in the house.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Some Use of Superfluities necessary.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
In the body this obstruction takes the form of superfluous or unnatural tension.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Hence it would seem superfluous to have seven in S. Matthew.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
Thus the beautiful one, out for a promenade and moving excitedly through a superfluous world.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The well-gummed envelope now in vogue makes this superfluous for the ordinary informal letter.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
The other nine perform superfluous services.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
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In poetry:

XIV.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending;
Many a poem is marred by a superfluous verse.
"In The Harbour: Elegiac Verse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Pure and sincere is Mary's Love:
Words were superfluous to tell;
A thousand tendernesses prove
That Mary loves her Stephen well.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
And I, obedient to thy will,
Have come a simple wreath to lay,
Superfluous, on a grave that still
Is sweet with all the flowers of May.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"All these about the house you'll find." -
"Well," said the parson, "never mind;
I'll manage to submit to these
Luxurious superfluities.
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Vain were a Simon; of the Antipodes
Our night not borrows the superfluous day.
Yet woe to him that from his burden flees!
Crushed in the fall of what he cast away.
"After-Strain" by Francis Thompson
She made her choice, the wedding bells rang clear;
The aged bridegroom figured in the Times.
The young man, after some superfluous beer,
Went forth to foreign climes.
"A Romance In The Rough" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

Netanyahu's Right to Back Away From Another Superfluous Bill.
Its red bean "crust" added little discernible flavor, but the preparation was hardly superfluous.
Steak superfluity at Bavette 's Bar & Boeuf.
Steak superfluity at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf .
Keen on streamlining its inventories and removing superfluous skus for a more focused offering, Burlington Coat Factory delivered robust EBITDA growth during its second quarter.
Perplexing Persistent Prevalence of 'Superfluous' Pigment Production.
Perplexing Persistent Prevalence of 'Superfluous' Pigment Production Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 8, 22 April 2008, Pages R342-R343 Samuel I BealeSummary.
And by the time 9News lawyers stepped in to protest copyright infringement, hundreds of people had posted their own Mentos geysers , making the original all but superfluous.
Let's credit Gus Van Sant for squandering the capital of his egregious Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester on sincere misfires like a superfluous shot-by-shot Psycho remake and the abstract Blair Witch gloss Gerry.
Less a bastardization than simply a watered-down and superfluous redo, Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime saga while missing its nasty, grungy spirit.
The Star's recommendation Reject superfluous change to the Missouri Constitution.
RFID to Make Thousands of Jobs Superfluous .
Writer's facts about Man of Steel superfluous .
Nicole Kidman Sells Superfluous Pad In Starchitect's Perry Street Funhouse.
Mike Nichols had the Burtons for his first film (1966), but he felt compelled to drag in so many jazzy camera tricks that Richard and Elizabeth seem largely superfluous for the first couple of reels.
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In science:

Like in case of liquid helium at conditions of superfluity, Bose- condensation in metals and semiconductors is related to increasing of concentration of the (a)-state of primary effectons with the lowest energy and a corresponding decreasing of concentrations of all other excitations.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Normally, interaction of these proteins blocks signal paths TRAF6, RIP1 and RIP2 for prevention of the superfluous inflammatory response (Coll 2010) (Fig. 11).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
In short, Barnes objections are largely superfluous.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Superfluous warnings usually can be disabled; in Java this e.g. can be done by using so called annotations .
Improving the Technical Aspects of Software Testing in Enterprises
All the other galaxies which we see, are superfluous.
Cosmology from the Top Down
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