• WordNet 3.6
    • v supplant take the place or move into the position of "Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left","the computer has supplanted the slide rule","Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Supplant To overthrow, undermine, or force away, in order to get a substitute in place of. "You never will supplant the received ideas of God."
    • Supplant To remove or displace by stratagem; to displace and take the place of; to supersede; as, a rival supplants another in the favor of a mistress or a prince. "Suspecting that the courtier had supplanted the friend."
    • Supplant To trip up. "Supplanted , down he fell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • supplant To trip up, as the heels.
    • supplant To overthrow; cause the downfall of; destroy; uproot.
    • supplant To remove; displace; drive or force away.
    • supplant To displace and take the place of, especially (of persons) by scheming or strategy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Supplant sup-plant′ to displace by stratagem: to take the place of: to undermine
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  • Washington Irving
    “The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. supplanter, L. supplantare, to trip up one's heels, to throw down; sub, under + planta, the sole of the foot, also, a sucker, slip, sprout. Cf. Plant (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. supplantāre, to trip up one's heels—sub, under, planta, the sole of the foot.


In literature:

Capital was supplanting birth.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
To know exactly the defects of the religion we seek to abolish, modify, supplement, supplant or fulfil, means wise economy of force.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
In fact, Douglas was now trying to supplant him.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It supplanted the New England Primer and became the first book in the hands of every pupil.
"A History of the McGuffey Readers" by Henry H. Vail
Fish supplanted marbles as objects of prime importance in the urchin's mind.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
This rare production bids fair to supplant the Bible in Sabbath Schools in some parts of our country!
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
Bulger had felt no unkindness toward Bean for thus supplanting him in a desirable post.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
He supplanted the old God and became the only God.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The young marquis, on his part, had every reason to know the man who had succeeded, not to say supplanted, his father at Lone Castle.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
But we have seen how, in the Renaissance and the Romantic Movement, individualism supplanted these values.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
Such as might have a harmful effect are supplanted, others are utilized.
"The Psychology of Management" by L. M. Gilbreth
I would supplant him there too.
"The Gamester (1753)" by Edward Moore
The teaching carries with it the necessity of supplanting wrong thoughts with right ones.
"Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear Through Eye and Ear" by B.J. Griswold
Pray how many more times is Mr. Horace to supplant that poor boy?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
She flew down, just supplanting the butler.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Not that Nature in any form or any measure had supplanted his thoughts of Jane.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Gas has never fully supplanted kerosene, even where it is readily obtained.
"The Complete Home" by Various
It is scarcely necessary to state, of course, that no one dreams of supplanting the French language anywhere on French soil.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
It has been supplanted almost everywhere by the bond of nationality.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
In the year 750 the Ommayads were supplanted by the Abbasids, who transferred the capital from Damascus to Baghdad.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport

In poetry:

"The maid thou wouldst give in marriage,
Is mine by her plighted word;
And his blood who would supplant me,
Has reddened on my good sword.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Yes, love's truly a vulgar word.
I'll invent something else to supplant it,
Just for you, the whole world, all words
I will gladly rename, if you want it.
"Without A Title" by Boris Pasternak
Because I sawe that there did want
My hart, wherein I did delight,
my dearest hart:
And he that did the same supplant,
No jurisdiction had of right
to play that part.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
Shall nevermore, engendered of thy fame,
A new sea-eagle heir thy conqueror name.
And with commissioned talons wrench
From thy supplanter's grimy clench
His sheath of steel, his wings of smoke and flame?
"Turner's Old Temeraire" by James Russell Lowell
Did'st thou not flinch when t'ward the Christian west
The fell invasion of the Saracen
Headed its course with crimson scimitar;
Supplanting the mild precepts of the Cross
With those of lust, of hate and bigotry?
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Chinese Race to Supplant India in Software.
Prescriptions supplanting illegal substances as drugs of choice.
Agriculture is supplanting golf courses as today's must-have amenity , said Randal Jackson, president of the Planning Center/DC&E, a consulting firm in Santa Ana.
In recent years, it is what it is has supplanted giving 110 percent and taking them one game at a time as the reigning sports cliché .
The signs are all in place that may soon supplant Walmart as America's most powerful retailer—if it hasn't already.
The Orioles have supplanted the Red Sox as a power in the AL East.
LeBron's jersey supplants Derrick 's as No.
Earlier in the season (Week 7 to be exact), the Atlanta Falcons supplanted the Houston Texans at No.
High-tech plastic surface supplants water, refrigeration and a Zamboni at a new Gladstone facility.
He's been involved in his fair share, including supplanting Blaine Gabbert this year in Jacksonville.
Hey, I like IE8 well enough, but no way is it going to supplant Firefox as my everyday browser.
Although it was supplanted as the world's tallest building in the 1970s, the Empire State Building never lost its unsurpassed majesty.
Donating to charities for each video watched -- and hoping to supplant the "fake, violent, macho-centered" culture -- a nonprofit porn site is rethinking ethics for the industry.
Will the Intercontinental Rally Challenge supplant the long-established World Rally Championship.
Though heroin seems to be the primary illegal drug problem in our area, meth could well supplant it.

In science:

We pause to mention that we view the cavity method as complementing rather than supplanting the replica method: the latter provides access to the powerful array of field-theoretic tools, the former opens the way to a perturbative treatment of correlations beyond mean-field.
Cavity Approach to the Random Solid State
Given the subtlety of the problem, new definitions of “jammed” and “random” must be held to high mathematical standards in order to supplant existing ones.
Comment on "Jamming at zero temperature and zero applied stress: The epitome of disorder"
In the classical formulation of E we have replaced the term (v2/c2) by (α r0/r)-2, so let's now, similarly supplant in µ the term (v/c) by (α r0/r)-1.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
To supplant the current theory, a new theory need only make better predictions on average.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
KeyAuth is a generic and universal implementation of public-key authentication aimed at supplanting password-based authentication and significantly improving the security of network accessible resources by enhancing the usability of frequently used authentication mechanisms.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
As the new differential algebra setting emerged, however, it became necessary to supplant this implementation by a new one.
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
In the longer term (∼ 5–10 years), they will be supplanted by much larger and more uniform TF data sets that will emerge from the wide-field infrared surveys currently under way, 2MASS and DENIS (see the contributions by Huchra and Mamon in these proceedings).
Panel Review: Reconstruction Methods and the Value of $\beta$
The sense of a systematic assault on the weak-field predictions of GR has been supplanted to some extent by an opportunistic approach in which novel and unexpected (and sometimes inexpensive) tests of gravity have arisen from new theoretical ideas or experimental techniques, often from unlikely sources.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Preprints clearly have supplanted the journals as the primary means for initially becoming aware of papers, at least for a large fraction of the ApJ author community.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
Our data document how thoroughly the astro-ph preprint server, over the time span of a decade, has supplanted the departmental preprint shelves and the personal mailings of preprints as the primary means that astronomers become aware of new papers in their field.
Demographic and Citation Trends in Astrophysical Journal papers and Preprints
They have supplanted lead zirconate (PZT) ceramics as the basis of state-of-the-art piezoelectric sensors and actuators that convert between mechanical and electrical forms of energy , and they show potential as ferroelectric nonvolatile memories .
The Persistence and Memory of Polar Nano-Regions in a Ferroelectric Relaxor Under an Electric Field
The sense of a systematic assault on the weak-field predictions of GR has been supplanted to some extent by an opportunistic approach in which novel and unexpected (and sometimes inexpensive) tests of gravity have arisen from new theoretical ideas or experimental techniques, often from unlikely sources.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
These have largely supplanted earlier bounds from ranging to the 1976 Viking landers (see TEGP, 14.3 (c) [281]), which were limited by uncertain knowledge of the masses and orbits of asteroids.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Fig. 1): Frank-van der Merwe or layer-by-layer growth, Volmer-Weber growth, where three-dimensional islands are formed and the overlayer does not completely cover the exposed substrate surface, and Stranski-Krastanov growth with layer-by-layer growth supplanted by island growth.
Density Functional Theory of Epitaxial Growth of Metals
These direct tracers of the young stellar population have largely supplanted earlier SFR measures based on synthesis modelling of broadband colors, though the latter are still applied to multicolor observations of faint galaxies.
Star Formation in Galaxies Along the Hubble Sequence