• WordNet 3.6
    • adj surmountable capable of being surmounted
    • adj surmountable capable of being surmounted or overcome "situations of measurable and surmountable danger"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Surmountable Capable of being surmounted or overcome; superable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • surmountable Capable of being surmounted or overcome; conquerable; superable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Surmountable that may be surmounted
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  • Epictetus
    “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.”
  • Louis Kossuth
    Louis Kossuth
    “It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. surmontable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—sur (L. super), above, monter, to mount.


In literature:

In a few minutes they had safely surmounted the wall, and hurried across the country, with all speed.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
The circular corridor of the rotunda is surmounted by the Muses and other figures typical of the future purposes of the building.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
The whole seems to have been surmounted by a figure of our Lord.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
The entrance consists of a brick arch, surmounted by a statue of Faith.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The spirits of Richard alone surmounted all cause for suspicion or embarrassment.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
The whole is surmounted by a deep open-work parapet.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
On the Monday following his head, stuck upon a pike, surmounted the market-house of Belfast.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
Balboa's enthusiasm and courage had surmounted every obstacle.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Here was my great difficulty, which, I may say, was never surmounted, until I had visited and mixed with civilisation and men.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He surmounts them by his energy.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

And many justs and turnaments
Whereto were many prest,
Wherein some knights did farr excell,
And eke surmount the rest.
"Sir Lancelot Du Lake" by Thomas Percy
No bluer, calmer sky surmounted
The city of my dream,
And what few trees could then be counted
Did full as gracious seem.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Surmounting these were Forms forbidding
Some strife about the Flood;
Since in such points divine unthridding
Shed had been human blood.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Who shall fulfil this boundless song?
The theme surmounts an angel's tongue:
How low, how vain are mortal airs,
When Gabriel's nobler harp despairs!
"Hymn 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
A shimmering air the golden calm was weaving,
All filigree'd with dawn, that like a braid
Surmounted her pure brow, which still was hidden
Half in the shade.
"She Of The Garden" by Emile Verhaeren
The bright burnish'd billows, for ever that roll,
The Almighty reviews, from the pole to the pole,
And their banners of green, and their banners of blue,
Surmounted with silver, exult in His view.
"The Ocean's God" by William Crafts

In news:

And like Amundsen, who relied on innovation and technology to surmount a harsh environment, Bramble 's contribution is key to the trip's success.
LOS ANGELES—After slowly surmounting a key obstacle, the space shuttle Endeavour maintained a heading Saturday through the streets of Los Angeles toward its retirement home at a museum.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slowly surmounting a key obstacle, the shuttle Endeavour maintained a heading Saturday through the streets of Los Angeles toward its retirement home at a museum.
"It seems like all the objections to the dome are surmountable, except the size," he said.
Tools and Techniques Surmount the Multi-core Challenge.
EU Backs Italy's Monti, Says Challenges Are Huge, But Surmountable .
With banks, businesses, and homeowners hanging by a thread from last year's credit crisis, the 2009 12th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit has quite a challenge to surmount.
Supporters of Proposition 37, the genetically engineered food labeling initiative, are calling their defeat at the polls a surmountable setback.
Surmounting the psychological barriers that divide us.
Nonetheless, OLPC is working with Peru to surmount this obstacle.—Dave Prochnow.
Job- seekers have a similar challenge to surmount, but only one shot (per employer) to surmount it.
The election's outcome was foreshadowed by Mitt Romney struggling as long as he did to surmount a notably weak field of Republican rivals.
So that tax advantage would have to be surmounted if another company were to come and make an offer.
France was unable to surmount the three major setbacks in its final Group C game against Italy Tuesday, writes Cedric Rouquette at
Difficulties exist to be surmounted.

In science:

As the temperature is lowered, the system is unable to surmount the highest energy barriers and therefore is forced to sample deep minima.
Monte-Carlo rejection as a tool for measuring the energy landscape scaling of simple fluids
We connect the evolution of the diffusion fronts with the events in which the particle escapes from deep traps or surmounts large barriers.
Duality between random trap and barrier models
The topological approach to quantum computation proposes to surmount this obstacle by using special physical systems – non-Abelian topologically ordered phases of matter – that would provide intrinsic fault-tolerance at the hardware level.
A Blueprint for a Topologically Fault-tolerant Quantum Computer
In this case, the red thicker line denotes the separatrix tra jectory which separates the initial swarm into two groups: those that will surmount the barrier and those that will bounce backwards.
Determining final probabilities directly from the initial state
Efforts to surmount this difficulty typically follow one of two approaches.
The First Stars