• WordNet 3.6
    • n superscription the activity of superscribing
    • n superscription an inscription written above something else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Superscription (Pharm) That part of a prescription which contains the Latin word recipeTake) or the sign.
    • Superscription That which is written or engraved on the surface, outside, or above something else; specifically, an address on a letter, envelope, or the like. "The superscription of his accusation was written over, The King of the Jews."
    • Superscription The act of superscribing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n superscription The act of superscribing.
    • n superscription That which is written or engraved on the outside of or above something else; especially, an address on a letter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Superscription act of superscribing: that which is written or engraved above or on the outside
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. superscriptio,. See Superscribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. super, above, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.


In literature:

How well she knew every wrinkle in that paper, every curve in the clumsy superscription.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
The superscription was, he saw, in a native hand.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
The superscription was enough to tell me from whom it came.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Look at the superscription.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
Besides, he bore a crest and a monogram and a superscription to be proud of.
"Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880" by Various
The c is underlined and superscripted.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Mind and heart were stamped with God's image and superscription.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
It may also be inserted in the envelope to keep the superscription or address perfectly straight.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
She did not think at first of looking at the superscription.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I had sealed up the papers, and put on the covers the proper superscriptions.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The officer received it and read the superscription audibly.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Sir Archibald put on his spectacles, and having carefully read the superscription, turned back towards the house without speaking.
"The O'Donoghue Tale Of Ireland Fifty Years Ago" by Charles James Lever
Leisurely he took them up one by one and examined their superscriptions.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
The document bore no superscription.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
She has already inspected the superscription of the letters, to see if there be any for herself.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
I heard Mrs. Lawrence's low exclamation of surprise, as she held the letter up to the light and read the superscription.
"That Affair at Elizabeth" by Burton E. Stevenson
These Brierly pulled forth, and turning them over in his hand, scrutinised their superscriptions.
"The Last Stroke" by Lawrence L. Lynch
A pencilled note, with the superscription in Brent's jerky hand, lay on the table.
"The Long Lane's Turning" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The commencement recalls the superscription of the first letter of Heloise to Abelard.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)" by Anna Jameson
It lay upon the table; and, drawing near, I cast my eye over the superscription.
"Lost Lenore" by Charles Beach

In poetry:

Mark how her turning shoulders wind the hours,
And hasten while her penniless rich palms
Pass superscription of bent foam and wave,—
Hasten, while they are true,—sleep, death, desire,
Close round one instant in one floating flower.
"Voyages II" by Harold Hart Crane
Lord, make my soul Thy plate: Thine image bright
Within the circle of the same enfoil.
And on its brims in golden letters write
Thy superscription in an holy style.
Then I shall be Thy money, Thou my hoard:
Let me Thy angel be, be Thou my Lord.
"Preparatory Meditations - First Series: 6." by Edward Taylor

In news:

Word 's stylistic preferences range from the irritating—the superscript "th" on ordinal numbers, the eagerness to forcibly indent any numbered list it detects—to the outright wrong.

In science:

In the superscript H H i,j (A, M ) the first is cohomological index, the second is the degree.
Deformation of maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in dimensions 10. An algebraic approach
Lk }, where the superscript ”m” stands for metaplectic.
Semi-classical properties of geometric quantization with metaplectic correction
We often omit the superscripts ‘I ’ in the above notations when I = S .
A characterization of finitely generated reflection subgroups of Coxeter groups orthogonal to a reflection
The member points of such a sequence are written as xi , with added superscripts if necessary; this xi (j ) ∈ Q is the j -th coordinate of the i-th point xi ∈ QZ of the sequence x.
Genericity in Topological Dynamics
We use the superscript (C ) to differentiate between models.
Universality for the distance in finite variance random graphs: Extended version
As before, the superscript (5a) refers to the figure that shows the corresponding configuration of classical tra jectories.
Towards a semiclassical justification of the `effective random matrix theory' for transport through ballistic chaotic quantum dots
For convenient, we drop the superscripts a, b of weighted-circle and call this random walk C1 .
Random walks on hypergroup of conics in finite fields
Here we use subscripts to refer to the specific entries of the D and superscripts to indicate where these entries are computed.
Spectrum Generating on Twistor Bundle
The superscript α in above expression denotes a particular realization, and Zn (x) is the partition function for a polymer with the nth (or the last) monomer at x.
Randomly forced DNA
Here the subscript zero means an observed quantity, and the superscript index W means the observational bandwidth used when the data was collected.
Differential Density Statistics of Galaxy Distribution and the Luminosity Function
Now the first order form of the Lagrangian follows from (24), Lα = Z dr(θ ˙ρ − where the superscript α on L reveals the fact that we are dealing with GCG.
Remarks on the Generalized Chaplygin Gas
We therefore use the notation in , Chapters II and VIII. (This includes writing n as a superscript rather than subscript.) Let X n := (M n , N n) and X := (M , N ).
Asymptotic normality of the $k$-core in random graphs
W is the transition matrix with matrix element Wij ≡ aij /kj . (The superscript t denote the transpose.) With an initial condition P(0), the probability distribution at arbitrary time step is given by P(n) = WnP(0).
Interacting Particle Systems in Complex Networks
In the present paper we are working with special Colombeau algebras, denoted by Gs in , although here we will drop the superscript ’s’ to avoid notational overload.
Microlocal analysis of generalized pullbacks of Colombeau functions
L and kR span C2ds (for clarity, we indicate quantities on the original manifold with a superscript M ).
Linearizing Generalized Kahler Geometry